FROM Jesse Rothstein
Researching Teacher Tenure The national debate about how to improve public education has grown more contentious than ever. One hot button question: Is teacher tenure standing in the way of identifying and removing bad teachers from classrooms? That argument got a boost earlier this week in the case Vergara v California. A Los Angeles judge struck down a handful of laws governing teacher tenure and seniority rights. We hear from one of the expert witnesses in the case about the impacts of tenure on teacher quality and retention.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”