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Proposition 19 on November's ballot would legalize marijuana for recreational use in California -- or would it? Opponents include some medical marijuana dispensers, who claim Prop 19 would make pot less accessible, not more. LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says many medical marijuana outlets are operating illegally anyway, and that Prop 19 would make things worse. We hear from supporters and two kinds of opponents tonight. Also, this weekend's police shooting near MacArthur Park has created an uproar. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, thanks to the Los Angeles Times, the term "value-added analysis" has become fighting words at the LA Unified School District.  In other parts of the country, the process is already being used as a tool for measuring teacher performance, but not without controversy.

Banner image: Attendees look at marijuana related merchandise being sold at a booth at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Making News Police Shooting in Westlake Creates an Uproar 7 MIN, 40 SEC

The aftermath of a police shooting and street demonstrations near LA's MacArthur Park over Labor Day weekend. LA Police Chief Charlie Beck told the Police Commission today an officer was "in immediate defense of his life" when he shot and killed Manuel Jamines, a Guatemalan construction worker.  Joel Rubin was at the Commission meeting for the Los Angeles Times.

Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times (@joelrubin)

Main Topic Proposition 19: Marijuana Is Back on the Ballot Again 18 MIN, 54 SEC

Medicinal marijuana use has been legal in California since Prop 215 passed 14 years ago.  Proposition 19 on this November's ballot would legalize recreational use for Californians over 21.  It would be subject to taxes, fees and regulations by the state and local governments. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst says it could save "several tens of millions of dollars" a year for law enforcement, jails and state prisons.

Stephen Gutwillig, California Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Lee Baca, Sheriff of Los Angeles County
George Mull, President, California Cannabis Association

Main Topic Value-Added Teacher Evaluations and the Race to the Top 26 MIN, 21 SEC

So-called "value-added analysis" is being used all over the country as a measurement of public school-teacher performance.  It is strongly promoted by President Obama's Race to the Top in education.  LA Unified has not used it, but the Los Angeles Times has created a firestorm after obtaining seven years worth of student test scores in Math and English.  The paper applied "value-added analysis," ranked 6000 elementary teachers from best to worst and then it published its findings on line.

Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times (@jasonfelch)
Timothy Webb, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education
Richard "Dick" Iannuzzi, President, New York State United Teachers
Edward Haertel, Professor of Education, Stanford Universityi

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