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GOP guv-hopeful Steve Poizner's taken heat for the portrayal of Mount Pleasant in his new memoir about his time volunteer teaching at the San Jose high school.

The latest to take on "Mount Pleasant"? "This American Life" host Ira Glass.

The weekly Chicago Public Radio show, distributed by Public Radio International, took a look at the controversy surrounding Poizner's book in an episode titled "True Urban Legends."

Glass, who covered public education in Chicago for National Public Radio, visited the school, interviewed students and teachers, checked the facts on dropout rates and testing scores and repeatedly pushed Poizner on whether the bad-apple image of the school he describes in the book is really a reflection of his own misperception of a neighborhood very different from his own.

Glass describes some of the assertions in the book as flat-out untrue and comes to the following conclusion: "Mount Pleasant is definitely one of the better public high schools I've ever visited."

The Poizner campaign said the book reflects the candidate's commitment to "speak the truth when it comes to fixing our education system.

"One of the main purposes of Steve's book is to draw attention to the challenges that both students and teachers face due to the broken K-12 public school system in California," said Communications Director Jarrod Agen. "Turning a blind eye to the problems in our public schools isn't going to help anyone."

Click the links to listen to the show segment or read the transcript. Glass also fact checks a chapter of Poizner's book here.


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