Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Your Call 031809 How is the economic downturn affecting immigrants and immigration reform?

How is the economic downturn affecting immigrants and immigration reform? On the next Your Call we'll talk about how the national conversation shifted as the economy dropped. Local police forces were authorized by the Bush administration to enforce immigration law. Are the first adopters changing their tune as funding dries up? As unemployment rises in California, is pressure growing to deport undocumented competition for scarce jobs? You can send us an email at feedback@yourcallradio.org or join us live at 11 a.m. How do you want immigration reformed? It's Your Call with Sandip Roy and you.

Michelle Waslin in Washington
Senior Policy Analyst for the Immigration Policy Center

Shuya Ohno in Washington
Deputy Communications Manager for the National Immigration Forum

Pramila Jayapal in Seattle
Executive Director of One America

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Your Call 031709 Who is Arne Duncan?

How will President Obama change American education policy? On the next Your Call we'll continue our series, the Transition in Realtime, and look at the state of the Department of Education as Margaret Spellings hands over the reins to incoming Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. For the last seven years, Duncan was the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools where he was known as a supporter of charter schools and higher pay for teachers who work in urban schools or who teach math and science. But Chicago schools have ranked very low among urban school districts and critics of No Child Left Behind have severe doubts about Duncan. Will Obama and Duncan give us the school reform we need? It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

Pauline Lipman in Chicago
Professor of policy studies at the College of Education at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her books include High Stakes Education: Inequality, Globalization, and Urban School Reform. She is the founder of Chicago's Teachers for Social Justice.

Andy Rotherham in Washington
Founder of Education Sector, a left-leaning but independent national education policy think tank. Rotherham served as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy (Education) during the Clinton administration, launched the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project and writes the widely read blog Eduwonk.com.

Alyson Klein in Maryland
Staff writer for Education Week, where she co-authors the Politics K-12 blog and covers Congress & the Dept. of Ed. She covered the presidential election for Ed Week and has interviewed new secretary Duncan.

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