The Return to School - Parents and Education Advocates Weigh In
The Los Angeles Unified School District is starting to welcome younger students back to some campuses this week, with all schools and grades to follow in the next few weeks. On Monday, the Superintendent Austin Beutner also announced a plan to possibly extend the school year. The school board is expected to vote on the proposal later this month. Today, we hear from some parents and education advocates about all of this.
- John Rogers, professor of education at UCLA and is co-founder and director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access
- Ana Ponce, Executive Director of the advocacy organization Great Public Schools Now
- Evelyn Aleman, the founder of Our Voice: Communities for Quality Education, a parent empowerment group for Spanish-speaking LAUSD parents
'I Can't Watch, but I Have to Watch': the Difficulty of Watching the Chauvin Trial
The defense in the trial of Derek Chauvin -- the former Minnesota police officer charged in the death of George Floyd-- rested its case. Chauvin declined to take the stand, informing the judge he would invoke the 5th Amendment. Closing arguments are expected next week. Leading up to this point, we’ve been confronted with difficult testimony, and videos and photos that are, frankly, really hard to watch. Much of the commentary about what’s been seen and heard the last few weeks of this trial suggest a specific type of privilege has been on display - one that distinctly comes with being in a position of power.
- Caroline Randall Williams, writer. Her most recent essay for the New York Times is titled “You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body is a Confederate Monument.”
How One Athletic Trainer Has Helped COVID -19 Patients Build Back Lung Power
The pandemic has changed worklife for pretty much all of us.... Even for a high profile athletic trainer now helping COVID-19 patients recover from longterm symptoms. From the California Report, Amanda Font brings us his story.