FROM Jed Wallace
LAUSD and Teachers' Union Form Tentative Agreement School Superintendent John Deasy told the elected school board last night that he's decentralizing the LAUSD. He's made a deal with Warren Fletcher, newly elected president of the teachers' union, to let local schools hire teachers, choose teaching materials and set schedules. These are powers the Union has wanted for years, and Fletcher had to make some concessions. The deal isn't final until UTLA members approve. Also, in a follow up to last night's WWLA?, the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board last night changed private fundraising rules. By a vote of 6 to nothing, with one abstention, it ruled that PTA's of individual schools will no longer be allowed to pay the salaries of extra teaching staff. The goal is to avoid inequities between rich and poor schools. The district-wide Education Foundation will get that responsibility sometime in the next three years. The City of Malibu has voted to consider forming its own, separate district.
California Charter Schools Get Grant from Walton Foundation The California Charter Schools Association is getting a $15 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation, to add an additional 20,000 students to attend charter schools in Los Angeles, and 100,000 statewide. The grant is the biggest of its kind from the nonprofit set up by the founders of the retail giant, Wal-Mart. The impact will be felt all over the state, but nowhere more than Los Angeles, which has more charter schools than any other school system in the country.
LAUSD Schools Go Up for Grabs In August, Los Angeles' elected school board voted to open up 200 low-performing schools and 50 new ones to outside control. The process has started, and yesterday was the deadline for applications to run 36 schools on 30 campuses. Dozens of groups submitted proposals , including Green Dot and other charter operators, Mayor Villagraigosa's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and a team composed of the teachers' union and school district staff.
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.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.