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July 11th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Perry's Principles: A look at the massive Atlanta cheating scandal

Last week, educators from Atlanta's school district were caught in a massive cheating scandal. Investigators exposed that for almost a decade, teachers erased and corrected students' answers on tests in an effort to boost their school's state standardized test scores.

An investigative report by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's office found that over 78% of Atlanta public schools that were part of the investigation were found to be cheating.

Investigators also confirmed that 178 educators, including 38 principals, were involved and that the superintendent "either knew or should have known cheating and other misconduct was occurring in the Atlanta public school system."

Steve Perry, CNN education contributor, joins Kiran Chetry this morning to discuss how this cheating scandal played out and how it was able to go on for nearly ten years.

Filed under: Education • Perry's Principles
July 11th, 2011
10:37 AM ET

Assist of a lifetime: Student gives basketball contest prize money to classmates

Allan Guei, a star student basketball player, won a foul-shooting contest and $40,000 in college scholarship money in a contest created to show students at Compton High School in LA how to create community spirit.

So what did Allan Guei do with his prize-winnings? He donated all of it to the seven other finalists.

Guei and Court Crandall, a partner at the Southern California advertising firm WDCW that sponsored the contest, join American Morning today to talk about Guei's decision and to explain why he chose to give the money away.

Filed under: Education • Sports
July 11th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

Political panel: What is the status of the White House budget negotiations?

Congressional leaders will return to the White House today for further negotiations after Republicans and Democrats were unable to reach an agreement this weekend on a deficit-reduction deal that will pave the way for a hike in the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.

At 11 a.m. today, President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold a press conference in the White House briefing room about the status of the negotiations.

Susan Molinari, former Congresswoman and Republican analyst, and Jennifer Palmieri, former White House Deputy Press Secretary, join Kiran Chetry this morning to discuss the concessions each side seems willing to make to advance budget talks and to weigh in on if a deal could be reached by next week.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Politics
July 11th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

Rep. Tom Price: 'No tax increase ever created a job'

After a 75-minute negotiation session yesterday, congressional leaders are set to meet again today to attempt to come to a deal on deficit-reduction.

Republicans have been pushing for a combination of drastically reduced spending and no tax hikes before they agree to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

Obama has responded to their requests by saying that he backs an ambitious plan to reach $4 trillion, mostly through cuts but also with revenue increases.

Representative Tom Price (R-Ga), member of the House Ways & Means Committee, joins Ali Velshi today to talk about the status of the negotiations and where the GOP stands on various compromises proposed by the Democrats.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Politics
July 11th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Rep. Steve Israel: 'No one is talking about cutting entitlements'

House Speaker John Boehner said this weekend that he cannot sign on to a $4 trillion debt-reduction package because the White House continues to insist the package include some tax increases.

Despite this, the White House has said that it will continue to push for the biggest deal possible, although a meeting last night between President Obama and congressional leaders adjourned without any signs of progress.

Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) joins Kiran Chetry this morning to talk about where the Democrats stand on potential cuts to entitlement programs and to weigh in on the status of the budget negotiations.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Politics
July 11th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

How does American tabloid journalism compare to other countries?

After 168 years in circulation, The News Of The World released its final edition yesterday amid allegations that the newspaper hacked into the voice mailboxes of over 4,000 people, including royal aides, sports stars, celebrities and politicians.

Most notably, the paper hacked into the phone of 13-year-old Milly Dowler after she had been abducted, deleting phone messages and leading friends and family members to believe that Milly was still alive, when in fact she had been murdered.

In the wake of the hacking scandal, Lloyd Grove, editor for the Daily Beast, joins American Morning today to take a look at tabloid journalism in the U.S. and the methods American journalists employ to gather information.

Filed under: Media
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