FROM Rick Pratt
Benefactors Bail Out ICEF Charter Schools Fifteen charters schools that were about to go out of business got a $10.5 million bailout today. After Mike Piscal founded the Inner City Education Foundation in 1994, it earned a good reputation but, despite that, it’s been on the verge of bankruptcy. Now ICEF schools will stay open, thanks to $2 million each from Eli Broad and Palmer Murray of the Otis Booth Foundation, with additional contributions from several others. Former LA Mayor Richard Riordan has come up with $2.2 million. He’s chair of the ICEF Board.
Schwarzenegger Warns that Education Could Face $ 2-4 Billion Cuts Arnold Schwarzenegger's office says, "We never talk about the Governor's private meetings." But others are free to report. Rick Pratt, Assistant Executive Director of the California School Boards Association, was in the room yesterday when the Governor talked about cuts in money for schools and increasing the sales tax.
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?
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.
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.