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Despite its problems in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is getting $300 million in stimulus money to build a power plant in Southern California. Also, with its reputation for high education standards, why has California joined 33 other states by adopting the "common core" for English and Math? Plus, a conversation with LA Unified's new deputy superintendent, rumored as the choice to replace Ray Cortines. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, he didn't say "mission accomplished," but President Obama has told Americans that combat for the US in Iraq will be over at the end of this month. What will the US do now?  Was the war worth it?

Making News BP Gets Millions in Stimulus for California Power Plant 6 MIN, 33 SEC

Oil giant BP is under heavy pressure from Washington to pay for the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon blowout.  At the same time, it’s collecting $308 million in stimulus money for its role in building a power plant near Bakersfield. Will Evans is reporting that story for California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Will Evans, Freelance Investigative Reporter, California Watch

Main Topic California Embraces National Education Standards 9 MIN, 23 SEC

A lot of local schools are in trouble, but California is known for its high education standards. So why did the State Board of Education join 33 other states and sign on to the “common core” for English and Math? Yesterday’s vote was unanimous, just one hour before the deadline for earning points to qualify for Race to the Top

Theodore Mitchell, President, California State Board of Education
Mark Freathy, Middle-school Math Teacher, Elk Grove School District

Reporter's Notebook LAUSD Deputy Superintendent John Deasy 9 MIN, 12 SEC

John Deasy began this week as deputy superintendent of LA Schools. Even before his first day, the Daily News says he “ruffled feathers” with a memo telling senior staff members to meet him in person with “organizational charts, project lists and reports on their duties.” The paper reports that prompted an email from Superintendent Ray Cortines telling Deasy the District has “a history of 'killing' outsiders” and encouraging him to “get to know people” before telling them what to do.

John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District (@DrDeasyLAUSD)

Main Topic America Leaves Iraq: Is the Mission Accomplished at Last? 26 MIN, 38 SEC

Yesterday at the Disabled Veterans of America meeting in Atlanta yesterday, President Obama reminded his audience that, as a candidate, he promised to bring the war in Iraq to what he called, "a responsible end…"

Liz Sly, Washington Post (@lizsly)
Wayne White, Middle East Policy Council (@middleeastinst)
Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute (@mrubin1971)
Hiwa Osman, Media Advisor, then-Iraqi President Jalal Talabani
Rami Khouri, syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Belfer Center and professor of public policy at the American University of Beirut (@RamiKhouri)

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