Benefactors Bail Out ICEF Charter Schools

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Fifteen charter schools got a new lease on life today with $10.5 million from Richard Riordan, Eli Broad and other local philanthropists. ICEF Public Schools will now be able to stay open, with the aim of getting inner city kids into top colleges. We hear about academics and enrichment programs from motivated students and inspiring teachers. But, does ICEF cherry pick the best students, making the job of traditional public schools that much harder? With all that outside money, are they still community based?  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, House Democrats say they won't let President Obama make what they call "another mistake," and have voted to hold up his deal with Republicans. Where does that leave tax cuts, unemployment benefits and the President's leadership?



Warren Olney