With the school year about to start across the country, many cities and states are struggling to balance budgets without pulling teachers from the classroom.
In some cases, like in Providence, Rhode Island, teacher unions are giving up seniority hiring practices and agreeing to longer days in order to get back jobs. And some experts say that changing current policies could improve schools and save money at the same time.
Are they right?
Steven Brill has been studying the intense education debate happening here int he United States and breaks down his findings in his new book "Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools."
Steven Brill joins Christine Romans on American Morning today to explain why he thinks increasing teachers' salaries and basing their pay on performance could be the key to overhauling the nation's education system.