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Southern California Schools Are Changing Attitudes Towards Grading

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Students and parents arrive masked for the first day of the school year at Grant Elementary School in Los Angeles, California, August 16, 2021.

COVID-19 AMA: California Says Adults Who Want Boosters Can Get Them

COVID Update 11.11.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Annabelle De St. Maurice of UCLA and Mattel Children’s Hospital.

Topics today include:

  • State says CA adults who want booster shot can get it
  • California’s fully vaccinated rate drops from 73% to 66.3% as kids 5-11 vaccine eligibility is factored in
  • Ellume recalls COVID-19 home test for potential false positive COVID test results
  • Moderna says Covid vaccine has fewer breakthrough cases than Pfizer’s, but higher myocarditis rates in young men
  • Nearly 1 million young children have received COVID vaccine so far, White House estimates
  • World at risk of measles outbreaks as COVID-19 disrupts infant shots, report says
  • Mountain West, Northern states seeing increase in COVID-19 infections

NPR’s Tim Mak Details The Downfall Of The NRA

Tim Mak Misfire Book 11.11.21

The National Rifle Association was founded in the years after the Civil War to teach soldiers marksmanship. In the 150 years since, it’s become one of America’s most powerful political organizations. But it recently filed for bankruptcy and is facing a series of lawsuits - including one by the New York Attorney General that seeks to dissolve the group. How did it get here? That’s what NPR Washington investigative correspondent Tim Mak uncovers in his new book “Misfire: Inside the Downfall of the NRA.” Mak used more than 100 interviews with NRA staff and insiders, articles, leaked documents, emails, depositions, and court documents and reveals how CEO and Executive President Wayne LaPierre and his wife, Susan have steered the organization’s path for the past three decades. Today on AirTalk, Mak joins Larry to discuss what he found.

On Veterans Day, Military Families Share How History Of Service Has Shaped Their Lives And Values

Vets Day Family Military History

For many members of military families, the distinction of a family member or members serving in America’s armed forces is more than just a piece of family history -- it’s part of their identity and personality. Whether you’re the one serving or whether it’s a family member who is or has, family history of military service often shapes the way those families see and interact with the world, how they determine their own personal values and much more.

Today on AirTalk, in celebration of all those who have honorably served our country in the military, we want to hear from members of military families.

Pomona Unified School District Is Bringing Back Police - Will It Work?

Pomona School Police 11.11.21

Back in June, school board members from Pomona Unified School District agreed to pull back funding for Community School Resource Officers. In other words, they took a stance to defund the police. This decision, following the Los Angeles Unified School District decision to cut their School Police Department by 35%, echoes a sweeping move across the country to examine the impact of a police presence on high school campuses. But a recent shooting near a high school campus in Pomona has led to a near complete reversal of this decision with the school board voting unanimously on October 27th to bring back school police. Community activists are disappointed while some students and parents are relieved. But the big questions remain - How will the reintroduction of school police impact Pomona students?

Today on AirTalk, Larry is joined by Hayley Smith, reporter at the LA Times who has covered this story.

We reached out to Pomona Unified School District but they are not available for comment while the new contract is being finalized

Southern California Schools Are Changing Attitudes Towards Grading

Teachers on Old School Grading 11.11.21

Los Angeles and San Diego Unified school districts recently changed their standards for grading, instructing teachers to ignore work habits and missed deadlines and focus instead on whether they learned what was expected of them. The two districts are the largest in the state, and have over half a million students combined. Today on AirTalk, we’re exploring what these changes mean for students, and what other changes may be needed to make sure the classroom environment is an equitable one. We’re joined by Pedro Noguera, dean of the Rossier School of Education at USC, and Jeff Austin, principal of the Social Justice Humanitas Academy in San Fernando.

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