Public Radio Investigation Finds Poizner's Claims Lacking

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    Mount Pleasant High School has a friend in Public Radio International's Ira Glass.

    This weekend, Glass devoted a segment on his show "This American Life" to a takedown of the claims made in Steve Poizner's book, "Mount Pleasant." In the book, Poizner claimed that the school was rough, dangerous, and full of under-achievers. Poizner also suggested that the school was known for its high rates of pregnancy -- while simultaneously opposing access to family-planning services for teens.

    Naturally, students, parents, and teachers were none too happy with Poizner's characterization, and shot back that he'd exaggerated the situation.

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    After visiting the school, interviewing the community, and rigorously fact-checking Poizner's book, Glass landed on the side of the students. An "Urban Legend" is how the show characterized Poizner's charges.

    "Obviously and provably untrue," Glass concluded.

    Poizner, a conservative Republican, shot back through spokesperson Jarrod Agen, who decried "turning a blind eye to the problems in our public schools" but did not contest any of the allegations in the radio program.