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February 21st, 2011
02:57 PM ET

The politics of balancing a budget

Teachers are expected back in class today and tomorrow in Wisconsin, ending for now their participation in massive protests against what they see as an attempt by Governor Scott Walker to kill their unions.

Democrats in the State Senate are still hiding out - out of town - trying to postpone a vote on the bill. It's more in our continuing series "States in Crisis."

On American Morning this morning, Kiran Chetry talked to CNN senior political analyst Ed Rollins and Democratic strategist Maria Cardona about what the protests in Wisconsin could mean for the rest of the country.

Filed under: Budget • Education • Education cuts • States in Crisis
February 21st, 2011
11:57 AM ET

Perry's Principles: Educators brace for budget woes

With states working to close gaping budget gaps and rising deficits, education is often the first on the cutting board. No where is this more controversial than in Wisconsin, where Governor Scott Walker is proposing a bill that would strip teachers and other public employees of most of their collective bargaining rights and increase their contributions for benefits.

What sort of ripple effect could it have in schools in the U.S.?

CNN education contributor Steve Perry talks to American Morning's TJ Holmes about how this could affect school districts and state budgets across the country. Perry also weighs in on whether cameras should be allowed in the classroom to monitor school teachers.

Filed under: Education • Education cuts
February 21st, 2011
08:23 AM ET

Teachers in upstate N.Y. talk, take pay freeze

Call it the 'tale of two states.' Protests in Wisconsin against Governor Scott Walker's proposed budget cuts continue today, but teachers in another school district in the U.S. are taking a different approach.

Educators in one New York school district are being applauded by New York Governor Cuomo for agreeing to a one year salary freeze, even though they were due a pay raise, to make up for state budget shortfalls during tough economic times. With the pay freeze, the district can keep class sizes small and half as many teachers will lose their jobs.

This morning on "American Morning," TJ Holmes spoke with John Christian, math teacher and president of the West Genesee Teachers Association and Chris Brown, Ph.D., the West Genesee School District Superintendent. He asked why their school district was able to come to a compromise where others haven't.

Filed under: Education • Education cuts
February 21st, 2011
08:19 AM ET

Trevor Bayne, youngest NASCAR rookie, shocks Daytona

On Sunday, NASCAR had their version of the Super Bowl - the Daytona 500. And this year, the youngest driver in the sport came out victorious.

Trevor Bayne, who turned 20 years old the day before the race, won the big race, and joined American Morning's Kiran Chetry and TJ Holmes to explain what it felt like to win big.

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Filed under: NASCAR
February 21st, 2011
08:12 AM ET

Libya 'extremely dangerous and volatile'

(CNN) - Wedged between two countries where decades-long regimes toppled under relentless demonstrations, protesters in Libya hope to accomplish what Egypt and Tunisia has and oust their ruler of 42 years. But the country's fate hanged precariously Monday after the son of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi warned of a chaotic civil war if citizens side with anti-government demonstrators.

Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, explains to American Morning's Kiran Chetry why he's concerned that things could get worse in Libya.

Filed under: Libya