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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
January 12th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: 'There is no magic wand to wave'

A rising star in the Republican Party, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made tough choices during his tenure in office by closing the state spending gap and getting tough with teachers unions. He says there no easy choices to make in hard economic times and there is "no magic wand to wave."

Today, Christie talks to American Morning's T.J. Holmes about politicians telling the truth, making tough decisions in education and whether or not he is winning the battle against MTV's "Jersey Shore."

Filed under: Economy • Education • Education cuts • Politics
March 11th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Kansas City mayor explains school closings

(CNN) – It's a devastating blow for thousands of school children in Kansas City. A school district in the city's urban core will close 28 of 61 public schools by summer to try and stave off bankruptcy.

The school board narrowly passed the decision last night. The $50 million budget shortfall will force about 300 teachers out of work. The vote was met with desperate pleas from parents and calls for the school superintendent to be fired.

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser joined us on American Morning Wednesday via phone.

Read more: Kansas City moves to close nearly half of district's schools

Filed under: Education cuts
March 11th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

School bus programs threatened

(CNN) – A severe budget crisis could end up leaving more than a thousand children, mostly minorities, literally on the street corner.

Some have big college dreams, but soon their high school may seem like it's a world away because the buses may stop running. Our Casey Wian shows us how this could knock one girl's future off track.

Filed under: Education cuts
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