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December 6th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

In depth: school overcrowding crisis

This week, we're taking an in-depth look at education. Today on American Morning, we're looking at overcrowding in our nation's schools. Recently, Carol Costello visited a New York high school that was originally built for 1,400 students – but now contains 3,900.  The students at this school had to study in shifts and sometimes had classes in the basement. But school overcrowding is not limited to New York. With local budget cuts forcing teacher layoffs, class sizes are growing around the country.

Carol Costello sits down with Leonie Haimson, founder and executive director of "Class Size Matters," to discuss the school overcrowding crisis.

Filed under: Education
November 8th, 2011
03:31 PM ET

The value of a college degree: Is it worth the price? Ali Velshi and Christine Romans look at the numbers

With the job market changing dramatically over the last 50 years, is a college degree worth the price?

Ali Velshi and Christine Romans have authored a new book called "How to Speak Money" and in this video, they explain how the more education you have, the less likely you are to be unemployed.

Filed under: Education • Money
October 26th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

Education Secretary Duncan explains new measures to help students manage debt

College graduates are entering one of the toughest jobs markets in recent memory and the average student loan debt for those graduating from a four-year college is nearly $24,000.

Today, Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be announcing new measures to help students pay back and manage their loan debts. This measure comes as a part of a series of executive measures that the White House has been rolling out this week to help Americans suffering in this economic environment.

Secretary Duncan joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to break down the changes he is going to announce and to address some of the criticism that has been geared at the president for bypassing Congress and issuing executive orders.

Filed under: Economy • Education
September 28th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

Students arrested for paying undergrad to take S.A.T. for them – district attorney in the case explains

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Tuesday that seven students have been arrested, all current or former Great Neck North High School students, for their roles in an SAT cheating ring in which they paid a college student thousands of dollars to impersonate them and take the test.

The investigation into the cheating ring began after teachers heard rumors about the students paying a third party to take the test for them. Now the case is being investigated at Great Neck High School and other schools in the area to find out just how widespread this scam may be.

Katheleen Rice, who is leading the investigation, talks to Carol Costello on American Morning today about how the students were caught and how they were able to pull off the scam.

Filed under: Education • Law
September 14th, 2011
10:25 AM ET

Perry: Sue your child's school district for the best education

How to get your child the best possible education...Sue ‘em!

Steve Perry, author of the new book “Push Has Come to Shove”, discusses what steps parents can take to get their children the education they deserve. He suggests “e-organizing,” flooding in-boxes and even suing the school district.

Perry outlines his advice on American Morning.

Filed under: Education • Perry's Principles
August 17th, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Steve Brill on his book "Class Warfare" and possible solutions for the country's education crisis

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.

Filed under: Education
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