FROM Mark Geragos
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."
How Safe Is the Sheriff of LA County? Next year, Lee Baca will be running for a fifth term as Sheriff of Los Angeles County. But last year, a blue ribbon commission blamed Baca's mismanagement for jailhouse brutality, which was at the heart of federal criminal charges filed yesterday against 18 of Baca's deputies. The US Attorney said abuse and corruption have been "institutionalized" in the Sheriff's department, a charge that Baca denies. "The exception of force incidents (14 or 15 people) under an indictment relative to jail activity is not an institutional number." Gloria Molina says the Board can't fire Baca, but voters can, and she's called on him to retire. But he has his supporters, too.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.