FROM Brian Claypool
Is the Wrong Person in Teacher Jail? Rafe Esquith teaches fifth grade at LA Unified's Hobart Elementary School in Koreatown. He's been profiled by PBS, CBS, Time and People. The Washington Post has called him "the most famous teacher in the world." But he's been out of the classroom since April—relegated to what's called "teacher jail." Zahira Torres is an investigative reporter covering education for the LA Times . Statement from LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines regarding Rafe Esquith June 19, 2015 "This is a very complex issue. While I respect that this teacher is extremely popular – and has been for some time – in the briefings that have been given to me, there are serious issues that go beyond the initial investigation. The Los Angeles Unified School District will not be rushed to make a decision and will complete our investigation with the highest level of integrity. The safety and security of every District student will remain our number one priority."
LAUSD’s $139 Million Miramonte Settlement Former third grade teacher Mark Berndt is serving 25 years for sexually abusing children at LA Unified’s Miramonte Elementary School. When he was sentenced last year, the District settled with 65 families for $30 million. But the parents of 81 children went to civil court, and last week, in the midst of jury selection, the District settled for $139 million . A total of $169 million is a staggering sum when schools are in financial trouble.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.