FROM Michael Waterstone
Are Special Ed Kids Getting the Education They Deserve? The Supreme Court will hear a case this week that concerns what the appropriate level of instruction for special education students in public schools should be. The justices asked the Obama administration to prepare a brief on the issue. Several lower courts have ruled on the idea of special education quality, but the rulings vary. In the specific case that inspired the Supreme Court to act , a family in Colorado pulled their autistic son out of public school for what they say was an inadequate education. An appeals court found that the public school system did not have to reimburse the parents for private school. So what level of education are special ed students entitled to? And are most special-needs kids getting an appropriate education?
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
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?
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.