AirTalk for July 25, 2013

Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi voted against the amendment.
A House amendment to curb the NSA’s collection of phone records came just 12 votes shy of being passed yesterday despite a strong lobbying effort from the White House against the bill.
Do you think college rankings are useful?

Pomona College and Stanford get top rankings by Forbes

Forbes.com released their 2013 college rankings and two California schools topped the list: Pomona College and Stanford.
Author Reza Aslan's new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” attempts to portray Jesus as a man, living as a Jew in a Roman government. In “Zealot,” Aslan’s Jesus was a revolutionary.
Four special-education centers are scheduled to merge with nearby mainstream schools. According to Daily News Los Angeles, this affects about 300 disabled students who have to be integrated next month into traditional schools. Parents of these students yesterday protested against LAUSD's move.
What do teachers have to say about all these new proposals in education reform? Rafe Esquith, a veteran teacher at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles with a résumé full of accolades, joins AirTalk to discuss what it’s like working on the ground level for more than 25 years.
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