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September 12th, 2012
08:12 AM ET

Casey Wian on Chicago teachers strike: 'there is good news for parents'

The Chicago teachers strike continues with a second day of negotiations between Chicago's school board and its public school teachers ending with neither side expressing an agreement was near.

The union, which represents nearly 30,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third-largest school district, called the strike Sunday night over issues like teacher evaluations and benefits.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said that educators had chosen to participate in an unnecessary strike, which is “the wrong choice” for the 350,000 children affected.

CNN’s Casey Wian says despite the fact the school district and union have not been able to come to terms, “there is good news for parents.” The school sites that were made available for temporary child care “will start being open for six hours beginning tomorrow.” Previously the facilities were open for only four hours. These sites will be able to hold roughly 150,000 students displaced by the strike.

Talks are set to start again Wednesday.

– Casey Wian reports.

Filed under: Chicago Teacher Strike • Education
September 10th, 2012
10:32 AM ET

CNN's Casey Wian on Chicago teachers strike: ‘a fair amount of anger and frustration'

Labor negotiations between the Chicago teachers union and school officials fell through late last night, affecting 400,000 students across nearly 700 schools in the nation’s third largest public school system. CNN’s Casey Wian talks to John Berman on “Early Start” this morning with the latest from outside the Altgeld Elementary school in Chicago.

The teacher’s strike will immediately impact parents this morning. “What we can expect is a lot of confusion,” Wian says. “Parents are going to be scrambling to try to figure out what they’re going to do with their children, especially working parents.” 144 schools throughout the city will be open for a few hours in the morning until 12:30 pm as temporary centers for parents to drop off their children.

Wian expects “a fair amount of anger and frustration” today while teachers are at the picket lines. Wian refers to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest comments calling the strike unnecessary and later adding, “the parties at hand should do what they need to do to right by our children.”

It’s uncertain whether new negotiations are on the table, but school districts say they’ve “offered about as much as they can” offer in terms of salary. Wian says teachers are more concerned with having more say in the school day and teacher evaluations.

Filed under: Chicago Teacher Strike • Education
August 31st, 2012
06:51 AM ET

What the election means for your kid's education – Christine Romans on what politicians claim they'll do to fix the system

Education issues are starting to play a part in the race for the White House. This morning on "Early Start," Christine Romans looks at what the candidates have been saying and what they claim they'll do to fix our education system.

Filed under: 2012 election • Education • Minding Your Business • Politics
June 21st, 2012
11:28 AM ET

Fostering a 'love' of reading: Levar Burton revives 'Reading Rainbow' for new generation in iPad app

For 26 years, from 1983 to 2009, the TV show "Reading Rainbow" encouraged a love of reading for a generation of kids. When it went off the air, it had been awarded more than a dozen Emmy awards, and only "Sesame Street" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" lasted longer on PBS.

But for those kids who grew up with the show, they're finding that they're yearning to share the show and it's message with their kids. "Reading Rainbow" host and executive producer Levar Burton noticed, and is bringing it back as an iPad app.

Burton explains the motivation behind the "Reading Rainbow" app with Zoraida Sambolin on "Early Start" this morning, and demonstrates how the app works.

Filed under: Education
June 12th, 2012
10:27 AM ET

Teacher who tells students they're 'not special' says parents need to let kids determine their own course and achieve on their own

"You're not special."

That's what some recent graduates were told by their commencement speaker, Wellesley High School teacher David McCullough, Jr., and the Massachusetts high school graduation speech has gone viral online.

"You're not special. You're not exceptional," McCullough says. "Contrary to what your U-9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card despite every assurance that a certain corpulent purple dinosaur that nice Mr. Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal cape crusader is swooped into save you, you are nothing special."

McCullough talks to Zoraida this morning on "Early Start" to react to the attention his speech received and to clarify what he meant in the speech.

Read the transcript after the jump.


Filed under: Education
June 6th, 2012
08:26 AM ET

'Science Guy' Bill Nye explains it all: Venus transiting the sun, Shuttle Enterprise makes its final journey and stopping summer brain drain

Last night, as the sun set on the East Coast, the planet Venus began its "transit." In this rare event, the planet Venus passes between the sun and the Earth. If you missed it, you'll have to wait until 2117 to see it again.

One other worldly event you can catch today: Shuttle Enterprise is making its final journey towards New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. CNN will have live coverage of this event all through the morning.

This is just one way the worlds of science and space are becoming relevant to kids, who Bill Nye "The Science Guy" claims could use more science education. He's teaming up with Sophia.org to help stem kids 'summer brain drain,' claiming that students can lose up to 40% of what they learn during the school year in lose lazy days.

This morning on "Early Start," Bill Nye talks about these space stories in the news, and explains why it's so important to keep a child's education going through the summer months.

For more information on the education site Nye is partnering with, visit Sophia.org.

Filed under: Education • Science • Shuttle
June 5th, 2012
08:08 AM ET

Sho Yano on getting an M.D. at 21 years old

He began college at age nine, medical school at 12. Now at the ripe old age of 21, Sho Yano is set to become the youngest graduate ever at the University of Chicago's Medical School when he receives his diploma this Saturday.

In fact, he's 2 years younger than most students when they enter medical school. And he's already received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology under his belt.

Sho talks with Ashleigh Banfield live on "Early Start" this morning to talk about his remarkable achievement.

Filed under: Education
May 23rd, 2012
08:50 AM ET

High school seniors suspended for bike ride to school

Sixty-four Kenowa Hills high school seniors were suspended Tuesday just before their graduation after they organized a 3-mile bike ride through town in lieu of a "senior prank."

Their school's principal Katie Pennginton was not happy about the bike parade, saying that it caused major traffic problems and that students could’ve been hurt.

Besides being suspended, the students were also banned from the school’s traditional senior walk, when graduating students say goodbye to their teachers and classmates.

Suspended seniors Cody Nicks and Trevor Galandt, and Cody’s mom Rachel, join Early Start this morning to talk about the suspension and to explain why they think that the punishment was unmerited.

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