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OFF-KILTER with Rebecca Vallas

Feb 2, 2018

News broke this week that the Trump administration has been hiding evidence that’s of great importance to the public. No, we’re not talking about collusion with the Russians. We’re talking about the fact that we have now learned that the Trump administration lied to the public about evidence that a new policy the administration is pushing will cost low-wage and tipped workers billions of dollars in lost wages—which their employers will likely pocket. To get the scoop, Rebecca talks with Heidi Shierholz, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and former chief economist at the Dept. of Labor under President Obama. Next, black students are suspended and expelled at rates three times higher than white students, and students with disabilities are twice as likely to receive an out of school suspension compared with their nondisabled peers. Students of color with disabilities face the highest rates of school discipline of all. Yet the Trump administration is poised to roll back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing these and other disparities in education. Rebecca talks with Michael Yudin, former Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education. But first, Rebecca and Jeremy are joined by Angela Hanks, CAP’s director of workforce policy, to unpack Speaker Paul Ryan’s latest attempt to rebrand his unpopular slash and burn agenda—this time, as “workforce development.”