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LA Teachers may have agreed to take less money in order to save jobs. Professors at the University of California say proposed budget cuts favor of private interests at the expense of the public mission. Plus, another official resigns from the state Nursing Board. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, China's preparing to celebrate 60 years of “harmony,” but first the Tibetans, now the Uighurs, are challenging the authority of the central government.  Can 56 very different cultural and linguistic groups continue to get along? 

Banner image: UC President Mark Yudof announces University of California furlough/salary reduction proposal

Main Topic Is China Really a Melting Pot?

Last week, Prime Minister Hu Jintao rushed home from the G-8 summit to deal with massive unrest and deadly violence in what's called the Shin-jung Uighur Autonomous Region in China's far west. For the first time, the government announced that paramilitary police opened fire, killing two Uighurs and injuring a third.

Barbara Demick, Author, "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" (@BarbaraDemick)
Dru Gladney, President of the Pacific Basin Institute, Pomona College
Yan Sun, Professor of Political Science, CUNY
Wenran Jiang, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Alberta

Dislocating China

Dru Gladney

Making News LA Teacher Layoffs May Be Reversed 6 MIN, 32 SEC

The Los Angeles Unified School District laid off more than 2000 teachers on the first of this month. Now it appears their jobs may be saved.  But, because it's taken so long for a deal to be made, it may be too late for some who've found other employment. Howard Blume covers education for the LA Times.

Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )

Main Topic Budget Crisis Threatens the University of California 11 MIN, 56 SEC

The University of California is considered America's leading public institution of higher learning, but cutbacks in state funding may put that that status at risk. At UCLA, the Labor Center will close; deans have been told to cut courses, majors and numbers of faculty by 10 to 20%.  In-state tuition is already almost $9000 and it could go higher.  Freshman enrollment for this fall may drop by 500 students. The nine other campuses face comparable assaults on the university's basic mission of higher education for California's high school graduates. Tomorrow, University President Mark Yudof will present the Board of Regents with a plan for an $813 million reduction.

Mark Yudof, President, University of California
Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara (@UCSBHistory)

Reporter's Notebook Sudden Overhaul of the State Nursing Board 7 MIN, 57 SEC

On Sunday, the nonprofit news service ProPublica published a scathing report on the state Board of Registered Nursing in cooperation with the Los Angeles Times. Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger fired three of six sitting board members, and another had already resigned. Today, the executive director stepped down. Charles Ornstein writes for ProPublica.

Charles Ornstein, ProPublica (@charlesornstein)

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