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Education / Budget Cuts / Kansas City, Missouri / Reform #968148

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 11, 2010
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(Studio: Katie Couric) Map shown of states with school budget cuts.

(Kansas City: Cynthia Bowers) The cutbacks in Kansas City, Missouri, including school closings and job losses, reviewed; the drop in enrollment cited; details given about tensions stemming from the targeting of inner city schools. [Superintendent John COVINGTON†- says it has been a difficult, painful and emotional process.] [Councilwoman Sharon Sanders BROOKS†- condemns the blighting of the urban core.] [Parent Larea ROBINSON‡- reacts.] Cuts in Georgia and Illinois noted. [Illinois Governor Pat QUINN†- pushes an emergency rescue plan.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Ben Tracy) President Obama’s Race to the Top education reform program featured; scenes shown from Alain Leroy Locke High School in Los Angeles, which has become a charter school; map shown of finalists for the money to be given to states with the best reform plans; details given of criticism from teachers’ unions. [Locke student Stephanie SALAZAR†- comments on the improvement.] [Education Secretary Arne DUNCAN†- notes there is no link between teacher evaluation and student performance in most states.] [United Teachers Los Angeles/American Federation of Teachers Joshua PECHTHALT†- states it’s a systemic problem beginning with underfunding and lack of resources.] [Locke teacher Fernando AVILA††- comments on the lack of accountability in teaching.]

Couric, Katie;
Bowers, Cynthia;
Tracy, Ben

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