On Monday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  December 21, 2009 at 4:57 PM EDT

Tonight’s program looks at changes in store for the American health care system, protests in Iran, school reform in Washington, D.C., and a behind-the-scenes look at the Copenhagen climate agreement.

HEALTH CARE – With the stage now set for a final vote in the U.S. Senate
on Health Care before Christmas, our Health Correspondent Betty Ann
Bowser will have the latest. Then, Gwen Ifill gets reaction from two
prominent voices on Capitol Hill.

IRAN – Protestors returned to the streets of Iran today, demanding
reforms. The funeral of a prominent dissident cleric proved to be the
catalyst for the latest anti-regime demonstrations. Margaret Warner
reports today’s events, and explores the next move for opposition
figures both inside Iran, and in exile.

DC SCHOOLS – As a dramatic year in the history of Washington DC’s
schools comes to an end, we’ll begin running a special series of
encore reports by John Merrow, our Special Correspondent for
Education. John has cataloged the battle to improve DC’s public
schools ever since the appointment of Michelle Rhee as Education
Chancellor for the District of Columbia
. Tonight, a story that first
aired shortly after her appointment, in which Rhee describes the
enormity of the challenges that she faces. There are additional podcasts from Merrow’s reporting on his Learning Matters website.

COPENHAGEN POST-MORTEM – Ray Suarez is back in the United States,
following his week-long visit to the Copenhagen Summit on Climate
Change. Tonight, he’ll talk to Jeffrey Brown about the
behind-the-scenes events that led to the summit’s hotly-debated
conclusion.

WEB-ONLY – Our web exclusives include a Rundown conversation with Ray about his adventures in Denmark; extended excerpts of Margaret’s interview with the former Iranian Revolutionary Guard member who runs a dissident message board from northern Virginia; a blog from education correspondent John Merrow of stories to watch in 2010; and a special feature about how the health care reform could affect people with different jobs and different kinds of insurance.

All that, plus the other news of the day, including the latest news on
the recovery of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign, stolen from Auschwitz a
week ago. That’s all ahead on tonight’s PBS NewsHour, anchored
tonight by Jeffrey Brown and Gwen Ifill. We hope you’ll join us.