FROM Sean Reardon
Is Bilingual Education Making a Comeback? In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227 , to require public-school instruction in English only. Prop 227 passed by 60%, ended bilingual education in California. Last week the State Senate education committee recommended that Prop 227 be repealed. Democrat Ricardo Lara wants another ballot measure in 2016.
Is California's High School Exit Exam Discriminatory? Advocates of the California High School Exit Exam said it would boost student performance. Opponents insisted it would increase the dropout rate. It hasn’t done either one. That’s according to a study financed by the James Irvine Foundation. Associate Professor Sean Reardon at Stanford was the lead researcher
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.