FROM Sharon Robinson
Is It Worth Racing to the Top? California's among the states that have changed their laws to meet tonight's deadline for Race to the Top , President Obama's school-reform program. School districts are competing for some of the $4.3 billion federal dollars available if they encourage charter schools, evaluate teachers based on student test scores and give parents a bigger role. Despite the promise of money, not all school districts want to be part of the program. LA Unified does . Segment image: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Senator Gloria Romero, State Superintendent of Public Education Jack O'Connell and State Board of Education President Ted Mitchell to hold a press conference where he signed California's Race to the Top application.
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.