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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
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 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
June 27th, 2011
03:45 PM ET

Perry's Principles: Study shows minority men falling behind academically

A new report from the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, "The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color," reveals that nearly half of young men of color, age 15-24,who graduate from high school will end up unemployed or incarcerated.

Steve Perry, CNN education contributor, joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to weigh in on these disturbing statistics and on the Center's recommendations about how to change this pattern.

Filed under: Perry's Principles
June 20th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Perry's Principles: Are children receiving too much homework?

Fearing that high-stakes tests and competition are stressing children out, school districts across the country are re-evaluating the amount of homework given to students, cutting back on assignments and sometimes eliminating homework altogether.

What effect could this effort have on the academic future of America's youth? Steve Perry, CNN education contributor and founder of the Capital Prep. Magnet school in Hartford, CT, weighs the pros and cons of decreasing the amount of homework assigned to students around the country.

Filed under: Education • Perry's Principles
June 15th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Perry's Principles: American fourth graders don't know much about history

Only 9% of American fourth graders were able to identify Abraham Lincoln and list two reasons for his importance as part of the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress U.S. History Test. The History exam showed the lowest scores of all subject tested by the NAEP and included questions on other topics such as the Civil War, the civil rights movement and the world wars.

The results of The National Assessment of Educational Progress Test, which was given to thirty-thousand students nationwide, are raising questions about the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind law.

Education Secretary Arnie Duncan said, "These results tell us that, as a country, we are failing to provide children with a high-quality, well-rounded education."

Education Contributor Steve Perry discusses the implications of the test results with American Morning.

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