Is It Worth Racing to the Top?

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schwarzenegger.jpgCalifornia's among the states that have changed their laws to meet tonight's deadline for Race to the Top, President Obama's school-reform program. School districts are competing for some of the $4.3 billion federal dollars available if they encourage charter schools, evaluate teachers based on student test scores and give parents a bigger role. Despite the promise of money, not all school districts want to be part of the program. LA Unified does.

Segment image: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Senator Gloria Romero, State Superintendent of Public Education Jack O'Connell and State Board of Education President Ted Mitchell to hold a press conference where he signed California's Race to the Top application.

Credits

Guests:
Sharon Robinson - Special Assistant, LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines, Richard Barrera - President, San Diego Unified School Board, Julie Washington - Elementary Vice President, United Teachers Los Angeles

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Frances Anderton