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California won't be getting $700 million in federal money for efforts to reform education. We talk with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the LAUSD and the California Federation of Teachers about why the State came up short for a second time.  Also, a judge has ruled that federal money can have no role in any aspect of stem cell research. California's billion-dollar Institute for Regenerative Medicine says it will go ahead anyway. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama tries to be optimistic, but concedes that the Great Recession won't go away fast. Others compare it to the Great Depression as just the beginning of momentous economic change. We hear some challenging opinions about how American lives are likely to change as well.

Banner image: Secretary Duncan announces that nine states and the District of Columbia have won grants in the second phase of the Race to the Top competition.

Main Topic California Loses Round Two in the 'Race to the Top' 18 MIN, 50 SEC

California schools have lost again in the second round of the Obama Administration's "Race to the Top" in education.  After the state lost in the first round, Education Secretary Arne Duncan personally encouraged Governor Schwarzenegger to try again, and success would have meant $700 million in federal funds with $150 million for LA Unified and $18 million for Long Beach. We talk with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the LAUSD and the California Federation of Teachers about why the State came up short for a second time.


Jack O'Connell, California Department of Education
John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District (@DrDeasyLAUSD)
Marty Hittelman, President, California Federation of Teachers

Reporter's Notebook Sudden Halt in Federal Money for Stem Cell Research 7 MIN, 10 SEC

The Obama Administration has allowed the use of federal money for stem cell research, as long as the work does not involve destruction of human embryos to obtain the cells.  Yesterday, a federal judge in Washington said such research is not segmented but a continuing process and ruled that the Obama guidelines violated the intent of Congress. California voters approved $3 billion for stem cell research, which is now controlled by the Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Art Torres is former head of the state Democratic Party and vice chair of the Institute.

Art Torres, Vice Chair, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine

Main Topic The Economy after the Great Recession 26 MIN, 51 SEC

Forget the argument about the stimulus and the deficit.  We're having the wrong conversation, according to Richard Florida. The Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto says, "We need to blow up the fundamentals of our economy."

Richard Florida, University of Toronto (@Richard_Florida)
David Leonhardt, New York Times (@DLeonhardt)
Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics (@dismalscientist)

The Great Reset

Richard Florida

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