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March 7th, 2011
10:10 AM ET

Perry's Principles: Students learn three times less from bad teachers

A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows students learn three times more from a top-performing teacher than from a bottom-performing teacher.

The NBER's findings also show the importance of a good teacher in the long-run; in one year, a well-above-average teacher– in this case, one that's in the 84th percentile of effectiveness– may lead to as much as $400,000 in additional lifetime earnings for his class of 20 compared to an average teacher.

CNN Education Contributor and Founder of Capital Prep. Magnet School Steve Perry talks to T.J. Holmes about the NBER's findings.

Filed under: Perry's Principles
March 7th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Bowles and Simpson: U.S. must tackle big ticket items to balance budget

By 2020, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will make up about 94 cents for every dollar spent.

Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senator from Wyoming Alan Simpson chair the President's Deficit Commission and say the U.S. must cut into the big ticket items to balance the budget. Bowles and Simpson speak to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about their plan.

Filed under: Economy • Politics • U.S.
March 7th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

Should teenagers be tried as adults?

A growing trend across the nation shows more states are treating teenagers as juvenile delinquents than as adults in court.

Legal Analyst and former Federal Prosecutor Sunny Hostin discusses the merits of the new trend with Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes.

Filed under: Crime • Law • U.S.
March 7th, 2011
08:30 AM ET

2012 race takes shape as possible presidential hopefuls visit Iowa

While no one has officially entered the 2012 race yet, six potential presidential hopefuls will be in Iowa Monday in an attempt to gain the support of future caucus-goers.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer will all be in the Hawkeye State Monday, where the caucus is less than a year away. CNN Senior Political Analyst Ed Rollins and CNN Contributor John Avlon talk to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about the budding 2012 race and the possible presidential hopefuls.

Filed under: Elections • Politics • U.S.
March 7th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

Are Congressional hearings putting Islam on trial?

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will be holding Congressional hearings on the threat of home-grown terrorism Thursday.

Rep. King, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, says the threat needs to be investigated but there are many Americans who disagree; 500 protesters gathered in New York's Times Square Sunday in opposition to the hearings.

T.J. Holmes talks to Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, the President of the American lslamic Forum for Democracy, who will be testifying at Thursday's hearings and Eboo Patel, the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, who says the hearings are dividing Americans.

Filed under: Politics • Security • U.S.