Less School for LAUSD; Student-based Teacher Evaluations

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The Los Angeles Unified School District and the teachers' union, UTLA, have agreed to shorten the next school year by five days, for a total of 18 days in the past four years. Another three weeks could be lost if Governor Brown's tax package doesn't pass in November. Combined with larger classes, less counseling and cuts in campus management, nobody disagrees that students will suffer. So what has been gained? We hear from educators and attorneys.

Education isn't the only thing that's suffering from state budget cuts. Parks are closing, layoffs and court closures are making justice less accessible, and support for the bullet train is on the decline. D.J. Waldie, who's retired as Deputy City Manager for the City of Lakewood, is a prolific writer and commentator about Los Angeles who blogs for KCET.

Credits

Guests:
Warren Fletcher - United Teachers Los Angeles - @utlanow, John Rogers - Professor of Education at UCLA, director of the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access, Scott Witlin - Barnes and Thornburg, D.J. Waldie - KCET - @djwaldie

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Sonya Geis, Andrea Brody