CNN Evening News for Thursday, Aug 23, 2012
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(California: Kyung Lah) The problems with California passing a bill to protect children from being sexually abused by teachers examined; scenes shown of protests about what happened at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles where teacher Mark Berndt abused children. [California state senate Alex PADILLA- says the state paid Berndt to resign; comments on the bill designed to protect children from sex, drug and crimes.] How the bill was blocked by board members not voting and the role of money from education unions explained. [Democrats for Education Reform Gloria ROMERO- says it was fear and intimidation by special interest groups; states the legislators threw the children to the wind.] [MapLight president Daniel NEWMAN- says lawmakers receiving more money from teachers union vote more for the union.] The refusal of representatives to speak to CNN shown. What the California teachers' union is saying about the process for dealing with teachers discussed.
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