FROM Janel George
Is It Time to Reform Education Reform… Again? It could be a rare compromise in a sharply divided Congress. Democrats and Republicans want to get rid of No Child Left Behind . The likely replacement would be called Every Child Succeeds — with less standardized testing and more power to states and local districts. But, conservatives complain there’s still too much federal involvement; liberals worry the rights of low-income and minority students will be ignored. We hear details of efforts to thread the needle between teachers, advocates of school choice, civil libertarians and many other interested parties.
Schools Receive Military Equipment The Pentagon has been criticized for “militarizing” local police departments by handing out surplus equipment. Now it turns out that some local public school police forces are getting equipment, too. School Police Chief Steve Zimmerman says he’ll give back the grenade launchers—but he wants to hang on to the 14-ton armored vehicle.Do schools need surplus military equipment to keep order on campus? Niraj Chokshi is reporting the story for the Washington Post. A coalition of civil rights groups and others focused on juvenile issues has formally asked the Pentagon to “end the transfer of military weapons to local school districts and police departments for use in K-12 public schools.” Janel George represents the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.