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Major charter school expansion in the works for L.A. Unified students

A prominent local education foundation is discussing a major expansion of charter schools in Los Angeles aimed at boosting academic achievement for students at the lowest performing campuses.

Details of the project are not yet fully clear. But charter school leaders said they have met with officials from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation in recent months about the effort. The Keck Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation and other organizations that support the independently run, publicly financed charters also are involved, according to people who attended the meetings. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

The Broad Foundation said the charter plan is in an early, exploratory phase, but declined to provide specific information.

"People have been demanding better public schools forever and not getting them," said Swati Pandey, a spokeswoman for the foundation. "We hope this will be a bigger, better and more ambitious effort to make that happen."

The people who attended the meetings said organizers displayed maps showing Los Angeles neighborhoods where they said thousands of students are going to under-performing public schools.



Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’ll support Iran nuclear deal

MONTPELIER, Vermont — Vermont U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he’ll support the deal negotiated by the United States and other nations with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

Sanders issued a statement after a telephone conversation on Friday with President Barack Obama. Sanders said in the statement that the president addressed some of his concerns, but he didn’t say what they were.

Sanders, an independent who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, says the agreement is not everything he could have hoped for but it beats the alternative — a war with Iran that could go on for years.

He says sanctions that the agreement calls for lifting could be re-imposed if Iran does not live up to the terms of the deal.


Bernie Sanders Takes on Clinton Welfare Legacy as He Woos Iowa Unions

Bernie Sanders says both Clintons made a mistake on welfare reform.

In an phone interview Thursday with Bloomberg, the Democratic presidential candidate said that history will not look kindly on the 1996 overhaul of the New Deal anti-poverty program, which then-President Bill Clinton enacted over the objections of many liberal Democrats, including Sanders, who was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives at the time. Sanders' chief rival for the Democratic nomination, front-runner Hillary Clinton, wrote in her 2003 book, Living History, that she supported the bill, despite some concerns, because she “felt, on balance, that this was a historic opportunity to change a system oriented toward dependence to one that encouraged independence.”

Asked about that position in May, a Clinton campaign spokesperson told Bloomberg she “has a long record fighting for everyday Americans and their families, and she is running to make sure all families are not only able to get ahead, but stay ahead.”

Clinton wrote that she "worked hard to round up votes" for the her husband's legislation, which imposed time limits on welfare benefits and work requirements on beneficiaries.

In his own book in 1997, Sanders called the bill “the grand slam of scapegoating legislation…" Now a U.S. senator from Vermont, he doubled down on that assessment in his interview with Bloomberg. "I think that history will suggest that that legislation has not worked terribly well," he said, arguing that too many politicians would rather target the poor than poverty.


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People are donating to Planned Parenthood ‘in honor of’ Cruz and Rubio

By Philip Bump

On Tuesday evening, shortly after Jeb Bush stated that he wasn't sure "we need a half a billion dollars for women's health issues" in the federal budget -- and then backed off -- Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains received a donation.

Twenty-five dollars isn't a lot, but notice the fine print: "Thank you so much for your gift ... in honor of Jeb Bush."

Designer Mike Monteiro, a popular Twitter user whose love of Internet trolling is (or should be) legendary, seized on the idea and encouraged followers to donate in the name of other Republican politicians. One gave in honor of Mike Huckabee, another in honor of Ted Cruz.

Curious about how many donations Planned Parenthood received in honor of 2016 candidates, we reached out to it. The organization's Liz Clark provided us with a breakdown. So, in the money-where-your-mouth-is Republican Trolling Primary, here are the leaders:

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is included on that list because she led the effort to strip federal funding from the organization.



Stephen King Has Written a Campaign Slogan for Donald Trump

"If you're white, you're all right!"

Stephen King proposed a new slogan for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign Wednesday, and it’s pretty safe to say the bestselling author won’t be voting for The Donald.

“If you’re white, you’re all right!,” begins King’s suggested slogan. “Any other hue, I don’t trust you.” The motto plays on the accusations of racism that have plagued Trump since his campaign launch in June, in which he referred to some illegal immigrants from Mexico as rapists. Although Trump has claimed broad support among the Latino community, polls show otherwise.

Trump currently leads most national Republican polls and will be taking center stage at the first GOP debate Thursday night.



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