FROM Marian Wang
Charter Schools Face Growing Pains In the past 20 years, charters have established themselves as familiar alternatives to the perceived failures of traditional public schools. With teachers and politicians still debating their educational quality, another question has been submerged: who's keeping track of the money? Some non-profit charters are managed by for-profit companies, and local school boards often lose track of what's happening to public funds. Do charters make public education a backdoor to private profit using taxpayer money?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.