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August 10th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Qualifying schools to be granted No Child Left Behind waivers

The Department of Education announced on Monday that the Obama administration will provide qualifying states with a waiver from No Child Left behind, the education program that links federal aid to results from standardized testing.

The program has been heavily criticized in the past and President Obama has called for Congress to reform the program before the school year begins, although legislation has yet to be passed.

Today on American Morning, Michelle Rhee, founder of StudentsFirst, joins Christine Romans to weigh in on what this measure says about the No Child Left Behind program and to discuss potential solutions for improving America's education system.

Filed under: Education
July 25th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Perry's Principles: Does school discipline go overboard?

According to a new study released by the Council of State Governments, almost 60 percent of Texas public school students received punishments ranging from expulsion to in-school suspensions of a single period at least once between seventh and 12th grades.

The study also found that black and Latino students are suspended at much higher rates than white students.

Steve Perry, CNN education contributor, joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss these alarming disciplinary statistics and to weigh in on when suspensions are an effective disciplinary tool versus when they go too far.

Filed under: Education • Perry's Principles
July 22nd, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Professional golfer Phil Mikelson's science project

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson credits much of his success in golf to math and science, as air temperature, force and velocity all have an impact on his game.

When he's off the golf course, Mikelson works as an advocate for education.

Phil and his wife have partnered with Exxon Mobil to create the Mickelson Exxon Mobil Teachers Academy, a week-long professional development program for teachers designed to inspire students in math and science.

Today on American Morning, Mikelson discusses the academy and his performance in last weekend's British Open. He is joined by Nicole Martin, an elementary science specialist for the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, who conducts an exciting egg drop experiment for Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi.

Filed under: Education • Sports
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 8th, 2011
09:58 AM ET

Microsoft's 'Imagine Cup' challenges students to innovate

Microsoft is kicking off its global student technology competition, "Imagine Cup," in New York City today. The competition challenges thousands of students from across the world to innovate and create new technology that solves some of the world's greatest challenges.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, talks to American Morning today about why the company created the "Imagine Cup." Joining him are five students representing teams competing for the cup. Two of the students bring their inventions to set to show Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans what amazing innovations they will be presenting this weekend.

Filed under: Education
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