This week on NOW:
Former Houston, Texas school superintendent Rod Paige was tapped by President Bush to be Secretary of Education because he had a reputation as an educator who could turn things around in public schools. Paige had orchestrated what some called the "Houston miracle," a dramatic decline in dropout rates and an increase in test scores. But critics and whistleblowers contend that Paige's methods created the climate for falsification of test scores and drop out rates. And how does that affect the nation's new "No Child Left Behind" education law which uses Houston schools as a model? David Brancaccio goes to Houston to examine the scandal in the city's public schools and looks at what it might mean for the future of public education in America.
This week, popular broadcaster Rush Limbaugh told his audience about his addiction to painkillers and of his plans to check into a rehab center. But even for the millions of chemically dependent Americans who have healthcare insurance, a treatment center still may not be an option. Bill Moyers talks to Representative Jim Ramstad (R-MN), who have joined efforts to introduce a bill that would permit doctors and treatment specialists--not the insurance companies--to make decisions on addiction treatment. This legislation is aimed at making insurance plans cover chemical addiction the same way they cover other chronic diseases.
As the debate over President Bush's request of $87 billion heats up, Bill Moyers sits down with scholars Samantha Power and Simon Schama for a lively discussion of America's policies abroad and for their take on how reconstruction in Iraq is going. Power, who is professor of public policy and founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, won a Pulitzer Prize for her book, A PROBLEM FROM HELL: AMERICA AND THE AGE OF GENOCIDE. Schama is a professor of European cultural and environmental history and the history of art at Columbia University, and is best known for his Emmy-nominated television series A HISTORY OF BRITAIN.