Thursday, April 16, 2009

Patt Morrison Fri, April 17


Friday, April 17, 2009

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 2:00

Turning the Columbine Tragedy into Practical Lessons

As the tenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre nears, we continue our two-part series look at its legacy. Many misconceptions and questions remain—if Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were not loners or outcasts, what caused them to carry out the largest school shooting of their time? And how did their rampage forever alter campus life in this country? Two renowned experts join Patt to speak about the profile of a killer and how Columbine changed how America goes to high school.



Dr. Park Dietz, forensic psychiatrist and criminologist with Park Dietz and Associates; he participated in the Jeffrey Dahmer, Menendez Brothers, and Unabomber cases, among others

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Bill Modzeleski (MAW-jalesky), associate assistant deputy secretary in the office of safe and drug free schools

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Tim Schwuchow, principal of Santana High School in Santee, California, site of 2001 shooting

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Pastor Don Marxhausen, retired, he officiated Dylan Klebold's funeral service

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  • April 20th, 1999 was a wake-up call for the country, but on a personal level that day marked a spiritual conundrum for Pastor Don Marxhausen, who, believing that killer Dylan Klebold's parents deserved a proper burial for their son, arranged and presided over Dylan's private funeral service. He's struggled with that decision ever since and he joins us to explain his reasoning and impart the lessons still waiting to be learned from Columbine.





2:00 – 2:30

Grading the Graders…..and Paying them for the Results

When President Obama gave an address last month on proposed reforms for the national education system, one idea sparked a renewed round of debate:  the notion of merit pay, or financially rewarding teachers for classroom successes, is not new but has been gaining some traction.  While the President presented the idea as still experimental, merit pay programs are already in full effect in several school districts across the country.  In two cities where public schools have less than stellar reputations, performance pay seems to be paying dividends:  Chicago and New Orleans both report good results from their merit pay programs.  Will teacher merit pay be moving to the front of the classroom?


  • The National Teacher Advancement Program Conference convenes today in Los Angeles.  With over 800 TAP educators representing districts from Philadelphia to South Carolina, from Minneapolis to New Orleans, this will be the nation's largest gathering of educators implementing performance-based pay on a daily basis.



Kevin Guitterrez, executive academic officer of the Algiers Charter Schools Association (in New Orleans)


  • He leads the implementation of the Teacher Advancement Program in the New Orleans district that was launched post-Hurricane Katrina with merit pay at the core of its mission.


Veronica Griffin, instruction specialist for Chicago Public Schools


  • She has been involved with organizing and implementing the Teacher Advancement Program in Chicago, which was initiated by the former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan, who is now U.S. Secretary of Education.



AJ Duffy, UTLA--United Teachers of Los Angeles

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2:30 – 2:40

10th Annual Coachella Festival Gets Underway

Paul McCartney headlines the three day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival tonight [Fri] in Indio. Usual suspects like The Killers and The Cure and newcomers like local band Silversun Pickups join an eclectic line-up of international and national musical stars. About 180,000 people attended the festival in years past, but fewer are expected this year because of the economy. Patt samples the musical abundance with KPCC Inland Empire reporter (and Coachella diehard) Steven Cuevas.



Steven Cuevas: KPCC Inland Empire Reporter

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2:40 – 3:00



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