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April 23rd, 2012
10:10 AM ET

Perry's Principles: The push for longer school days

CNN education contributor Steve Perry talks about why he is in favor of longer school days, as long as the actual education is improved, too.

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April 16th, 2012
10:29 AM ET

Alabama takes over Birmingham schools

Steve Perry says the children are the most hurt by Alabama's distrust of the Birmingham Board of Education.

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April 9th, 2012
05:35 PM ET

Affirmative action in education – is a 'holistic' approach the answer? CNN education contributor Steve Perry weighs in

CNN education contributor Steve Perry on the ongoing affirmative action issue in higher education, and weighs in on if 'legacy' entrants to colleges could be hindering equal access to education.

Filed under: Affirmative action • Education
April 2nd, 2012
09:29 AM ET

Perry's Principles: Detroit kids walkout shows students want a good education

CNN education contributor Steve Perry on Detroit students walking out of a school called one of the worst in the U.S.

Filed under: Education • Perry's Principles
March 22nd, 2012
01:52 PM ET

Is poor education putting the U.S. at a security risk? Former D.C. public school chancellor Michelle Rhee explains

Here's a wake-up call for the United States: The shortcomings in America's education system could be affecting our national security. According to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations, they've been able to make a number of connections between our schools and the country's safety.

This morning on "Starting Point," StudentsFirst CEO and former D.C. Public Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee explains why failing education in the U.S. is a security risk. She says "everyone has a state in education" and unless we make changes quickly the whole nation could suffer the consequences.

Filed under: Education • National security
March 19th, 2012
01:38 PM ET

Perry's Principles: Turning around dropout factories

More than a million high school students drop out each year. That's one in four, and the rate is much higher among African-American and Hispanic students.

The good news is that there are fewer so-called "dropout factories" – schools where 60% or fewer make it from their freshman year to their senior year.

A new report (which can be found here) shows in 2010 there were 1,550 such schools. That's down 23% since 2002. Many programs are trying to keep this trend going.

Later today at the "Building a Grad Nation Summit" in Washington, AT&T will announce a $250 million investment in such programs.

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," AT&T Chief Sustainability Officer Charlene Lake, CNN education contributor Steve Perry and America's Graduates program participant Tyra Gleaton talk about the importance of turning around the dropout rate.


College visit program motivated student

Tyra Gleaton, now a college sophomore, talks about the program that encouraged her to stay in high school.


AT&T donates massive sum to students

Chief Sustainability Officer of AT&T Charlene Lake breaks down the high school programs getting $250 million.

Filed under: Education • Perry's Principles
March 16th, 2012
01:06 PM ET

Fmr. NBA player Jalen Rose talks about opening a charter high school in Detroit

Jalen Rose, who played in the NBA for 13 years, on opening the "Jalen Rose Leadership Academy" charter school in Detroit.

Filed under: Education
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