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April 21st, 2010
10:14 PM ET

The Teaser

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:30AM  The U.S. is flirting with an "education catastrophe" according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. We're talking to Dan Montgomery, an English teacher from Chicago, and Lindsey Burke, and education policy analyst, about what needs to be done to prevent it.

7:10AM  Imagine a city block that was shooting flames 200 feet in the air – that's how Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Dustin Bernatovich describes the scene at the oil rig explosion in the gulf of Mexico. Dustin and Lt. Craig Murray join us to talk about their rescue efforts.

7:30AM  If the current reform bill was in place before the financial collapse – how much damage would it have prevented? We'll ask Michael Greenberger: Fmr. Director, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

7:40AM  It's been dubbed "the other CO2" problem – the rising acidity levels in our oceans. Actress Sigourney Weaver on the danger it poses and what we can do to stop it.

8:30AM President Obama heads to Wall Street tomorrow – we'll get a preview of his speech from one of his senior advisers – Valerie Jarrett.

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Filed under: The Teaser
April 21st, 2010
03:00 PM ET

FDA considers salt regulation

(CNN) – Government regulators are now keeping a watchful eye on your salt intake. Americans eat more than twice the sodium they need, increasing the risk of serious illness.

Don't think you overdo it on sodium? Think again! Most of it doesn't come from your salt shaker. Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta went to the store to expose some of the hidden dangers.

Filed under: Health
April 21st, 2010
02:00 PM ET
April 21st, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Arizona bill: Profiling or common sense?

(CNN) – Latino members of Congress are calling on Arizona's governor to kill a state bill targeting immigration.

The law would make it a crime to be in the country illegally, requiring police to question anyone if there's reason to suspect they're in the U.S. illegally. It would prohibit slowing or blocking traffic when searching for day laborers, make it a crime to give a ride to someone you know to be an illegal immigrant and would fine towns and cities that don't enforce immigration laws.

The controversial bill has already passed Arizona's senate and house, but Gov. Jan Brewer hasn't said if she'll sign it. We were joined on Wednesday's American Morning by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who supports the bill; and Arizona state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who voted against it.

Filed under: Controversy • Immigration
April 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Building Up America: Kansas town rebuilds after tornado

(CNN) – Next month marks the third anniversary of a tornado that nearly wiped the small town of Greensburg, Kansas off the map. The town has come back and in the process become "ground-zero" for green energy. Our Tom Foreman has a first-hand look in this "Building Up America" report.

Filed under: Building Up America
April 21st, 2010
11:00 AM ET

School gives kids cell phones as a teaching tool

By CNN correspondent Deborah Feyerick with senior producer Dana Garrett

(CNN) – When seventh grader Cayleb Coyne wants to send a text in class, he slips his cell phone into his backpack and pretends to be looking for a piece of paper. Texting between classes has an added benefit. "It's harder to get caught in the hallways then it is in the class," says the soft spoken boy.

Coyne, who says he sends about 300 texts a day, has had his cell phone confiscated six times in six months. He's not the only one despite constant reminders from his principal at Haverstraw Middle School, Avis Collier Shelby. "Your cell phones are supposed to be where? Yes, in your locker. Not in class!" she announces over the schools public address system.

And yet class is exactly where they end up. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, even in schools that ban cell phone use nearly 60% of all students admit texting-during-class – a growing problem facing schools across the country.

What to do? Michael Rich, a media expert and pediatrician who calls himself a "mediatrician" and counsels parents about teens and technology on his blog says, "I don't think we're going to stop the tsunami," he says. "Pandora's Box is open here. The technologies are here. What we need to do is to take control of them instead of letting them control us" – which is exactly what educators at the Haverstraw Middle School are attempting.

"You can't put the genie back in the bottle," says Principal Shelby, who is overseeing a pilot program that has distributed 75 cell phones to students in the fifth grade. Texting and calling has been disabled and Internet sites are filtered. The phones are used for things like note taking and research.


Filed under: Education • Tech • Texting 2 Much?
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