Why Bush administration officials should be prosecuted06/25/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today, we’ll talk about a campaign to bring those responsible for torture and other war crimes to justice. And we’ll talk about the state of Florida’s public schools with the head of Florida’s teacher’s union. But first a listener comment about yesterday’s program on the mortgage crisis. We had three housing counselors on the program who work for local non-profits, helping people deal with possible foreclosure on their homes.
First up today, Andy Ford is president of the Florida Education Association.
Let me read from last week’s St. Petersburg Times:
"High school grades plunged all over Florida on Thursday, the latest sign that progress in the upper grades remains sluggish despite a decade of reforms.
"The number of A high schools dropped to 68 — down nearly 50 percent — while the number of D high schools climbed from 70 to 116, according to results released by the Florida Department of Education.
"The trend looked worse around the Tampa Bay area. Two high schools improved. Nineteen held steady. Thirty-seven fell. Among them: Gibbs High in St. Petersburg, which became Pinellas County's first F high school.
Pinellas County schools are facing a budget crisis and possible layoffs."
Tomorrow is Torture Accountibility Day. Demonstrations will be held in 10 cities across the United States to speak out against torture and to hold those who authorize(d) torture accountable for their crimes.
Our guest next guest is one of the organizers of tomorrow’s events: Rocky Anderson is the former mayor of Salt Lake City and executive director of the group High Road To Human Rights. (http://www.highroadtohumanrights.org)