CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 11, 2010
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(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.]