The Madeleine Brand Show for February 9, 2012

Miramonte Elementary reopens amid multiple controversies

Protestors march near Miramonte Elementa

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Protestors march near Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles, California.

This morning, Miramonte Elementary in South L.A. reopened with an entirely new staff of 169 teachers, administrators, and custodians.

Investigators are questioning the old staff about what they knew about alleged lewd acts committed by two teachers there, and their return to Miramonte is undetermined.

Replacing the staff will cost the Los Angeles Unified School District a lot of money. LAUSD has to pay two sets of teachers and administrators, and then there are the expected legal costs at a time when LAUSD is already struggling with budget cuts.

Howard Blume from the L.A. Times joins the show to talk about the financial aspects behind the scandal.

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