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Teacher layoffs, library closings and elimination of music and other programs have driven parents into the streets, along with their children, to raise money for education. Will private fund-raising be a band-aid in Santa Monica or business as usual for public schools? Also, the US Supreme Court re-interprets the Second Amendment's "right to bear arms.” What's the impact on gun control in California? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Senate confirmation hearings got underway today for a Supreme Court nominee who once described such proceedings as "a vapid and hollow charade.”  Will Elena Kagan talk about what judges actually do?  Would it make a difference to Democrats or Republicans?

Banner image: Students and parents at the "Lemon-aide" stand, part of the Save Our Schools campaign in Santa Monica. Artwork and photo: Yolanda Lewis

Making News Supreme Court Sides with Gun Advocates, Extends Rights Nationwide 6 MIN, 19 SEC

By a familiar margin of 5 to 4, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment's right "to keep and bear arms" extends not just to federal jurisdictions, but to all states and municipalities. Chicago's 30-year-old ban on handguns probably will be ruled unconstitutional. Rebecca Beyer, staff writer for the Daily Journal reports on what today's decision could mean for California.

Rebecca Beyer, Staff Writer, Daily Journal

Main Topic Private Sector Steps in to Save Our Schools 20 MIN, 16 SEC

sos.jpgAfter a school-funding measure barely failed to get the two-thirds required vote last month, the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board cut $7.1 million, eliminated 65 teaching jobs and closed libraries in elementary schools. This weekend, parents and kids set up a lemonade stand on Main Street as part of SOS — the Save Our Schools Campaign.

Linda Gross, Executive Director, Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation
Tim Shaw, President, Empower/Excel
Jack O'Connell, California Department of Education

Main Topic Kagan's Confirmation Hearings, Day One 26 MIN, 21 SEC

As Solicitor General, Elena Kagan represents the Obama Administration before the US Supreme Court.  Now, the President has nominated her to succeed John Paul Stevens, whose retirement became effective today. As the Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings this afternoon, she was introduced by Chairman Patrick Leahy, Democrat from Vermont. (After that broadcast of today's To the Point, Kagan read a prepared statement.  We'll hear more tomorrow as questions and answers finally begin.)

Dahlia Lithwick, Slate (@dahlialithwick)
Curt Levey, Executive Director, Committee for Justice
Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law
Sonja West, University of Georgia Law School (@sonjarwest)

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