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July 16th, 2012
01:03 PM ET

Should teacher pay be linked to student grades? Education contributor Steve Perry says this is a no-brainer

Should students' test scores be used to determine what teachers get paid?

Ohio Governor John Kasich wants that to be a big factor. His new law requires half of a teacher's pay be based on test scores.

CNN education contributor Steve Perry explains to Soledad on "Starting Point" why this is a no-brainer!

Filed under: Education
July 11th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

Carville: Obama campaign 'very encouraging' over past three or four weeks

In 1992, James Carville, who ran Bill Clinton's winning presidential campaign, coined the phrase "It's the economy, stupid."

Twenty years later, Carville's new book, co-authored with Stan Greenberg, emphasizes the importance of another factor influencing the election; the middle class.

Carville and Greenberg join Starting Point this morning to discuss the book, "It's the Middle Class, Stupid!."

The two advisers also discuss education and student loan reform and weigh in on recent polling about the 2012 election.

Filed under: Education • Middle Class
July 9th, 2012
12:03 PM ET

Are single-sex classrooms better? CNN education contributor Steve Perry says some settings

CNN education contributor Steve Perry on the ACLU's challenge of single-sex classes at schools across the country.

Filed under: Education
July 3rd, 2012
12:18 PM ET

School up for 'auction' on eBay – education contributor Steve Perry says move highlights budget woes across country

There's one school in Pennsylvania that's facing such big budget cuts that there may only be one answer: 'Auction' it off on eBay.

The Learning Centers in Pennsylvania is putting itself up for 'auction' on eBay to help offset their budget shortfalls. The listing, which has since been pulled from the site, had a starting bid of $600,000. According to this tongue in cheek post, the winner wouldn't have owned the school but would have won a naming opportunity, a free large pizza, a school coffee mug and the chance to speak at graduation - the best opportunity to give a group of kids an education that they could use.

The school hopes to raise enough money to make sure it can remain open in the fall. Its school district is facing a reported $2 million deficit.

This morning on "Starting Point," CNN education contributor Steve Perry weighs in on this story, and says this is a creative way of shining light on very real, very serious budget challenges that many schools face across the country.

Filed under: Budget • Education
July 2nd, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Are we expecting too much of the next generation – or not enough? Steve Perry weighs in

Are we expecting too much of the next generation, or not enough? That's the premise of New York Times columnist and author Alina Tugend, who argues in an article published over the weekend that being unremarkable isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Tugend writes, "All year, my sons' school newsletters were filled with stories about students winning prizes for university-level scientific research, stellar musical accomplishments and statewide athletic laurels. I wonder if there is any room for the ordinary any more, for the child or teenager – or adult – who enjoys a pickup basketball game but is far from Olympic material, who will be a good citizen but won't set the world on fire."

A few weeks ago, Starting Point reported on a high school graduation speech that went viral, in which English teacher David McCullough Jr. told student's that they're "not special."

So, is it okay to be "ordinary," or should students push harder? Dr. Steve Perry weighs in on the show this morning.

Filed under: Education
June 25th, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Is Romney's school voucher-like proposal the solution to reform education? CNN education contributor Steve Perry says it's a step in right direction

Education could be the next hot button issue in the presidential campaign.

A new Gallup poll has American confidence in our public schools set at an all-time low of 29%, down 5% from last year. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he's ready to challenge President Obama over the issue.

He's voicing his support for a voucher based system that will let many parents choose which school to send their children to. At the Chamber of Commerce last month, Romney says he would give parents of low-income and special needs students the chance to pick their child's school.

"For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to the student so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school of their choice," Romney says.

CNN education contributor Steve Perry, also the founder of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, tells Soledad on "Starting Point" why he thinks this is a good idea.

Filed under: Education • Reform
June 21st, 2012
02:15 PM ET

College discount for illegal immigrants? Metro State College of Denver president Stephen Jordan explains

Metro State College of Denver president Stephen Jordan on its school's offer for lower rates for undocumented students.

Filed under: Education • Immigration
June 21st, 2012
01:55 PM ET

NALEO president Sylvia Garcia says immigration, jobs, education top agenda at national conference

It is one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions that could shake up the 2012 presidential race. The high court is expected to rule soon on Arizona's immigration enforcement law. The core issue: Do states have the power to enact their own immigration policies?

Sylvia Garcia, president of NALEO, weighs in on the anticipated Supreme Court ruling and what she hopes to hear from Mitt Romney and President Obama on national immigration issues.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Economy • Education • Latino issues
June 19th, 2012
11:11 AM ET

AFT's Weingarten and TSL's Rogers on launch of 'Share My Lesson,' dubbed a 'digital filing cabinet' for teachers

School teachers will soon have a social network of their own. The American Federation of Teachers and TSL Education have created a website called "Share My Lesson," which will connect educators and their resources online. 

Teachers will be able to access peer lesson plans, download materials, share ideas and rate one another's work all at no cost. An algorithm will use peer ratings to make the most highly rated materials most prominent on the site.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, tells Soledad O'Brien on CNN's "Starting Point" the goal of creating the site. "We've teamed up to make this an American product, for American teachers to ensure that they can share with each other online resources," Weingarten says.

"Share My Lesson" is scheduled to launch July 28th and is expected to get 100,000 users right away. It will be available to any educator in the U.S.

Weingarten and TSL Education CEO Louise Rogers explain the program this morning on "Starting Point."

June 11th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Straight-talking commencement speech tells grads they're not special – Steve Perry explains why this is a good thing

During most graduation speeches, you expect to hear inspirational messages congratulating students on their accomplishments, preparing them for what is ahead as they go out into the greater world. But the graduation speaker at a Massachusetts High School had an unconventional and kind of unexpected message for his students this year.

"You're not special," English teacher David McCullough says. "Contrary to what your soccer trophy says, your glowing seventh grade report card... that nice Mr. Rogers and your batty aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your paternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you, you are nothing special."

Not exactly what students may want to hear as they go off into the world and start their lives. McCullough went on to tell the students all the coddling and praise they've become used to will not last.

This is a message that CNN education contributor says he loves, and has been a long time coming. He explains to Soledad and the Starting Point team why it's important for kids to realize their greatness is about what they will achieve, not about who they already are.

See the full transcript after the jump.


Filed under: Education • Entitlement
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