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March 10th, 2010
09:02 AM ET

Budget Woes Continue to Trouble Education

Slashed budgets, layoffs, and a shortage of classes are all symptoms of an increasingly challenging time for education in the United States. In Kansas City, 26 of 61 schools may have to close to eliminate a projected $50 million budget shortfall.

 Tell us your thoughts: How has this affected your community and what are some solutions?

Leave us your comments. We’ll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am ET — 1pm ET.


Filed under: Tony Harris
March 10th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

Radical Steps for Struggling Schools

The Kansas City school board approved a  plan to close 29 out of its 61 public schools. It’s partly a response to a projected $50 million budget shortfall. But it’s also a way to fight the poor quality of education there – quality so poor that the Superintendent says diplomas given to graduates “aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.”

Last month, a school board voted to fire all of the teachers at a poor-performing Rhode Island high school. The move came after the school and the teachers union failed to agree on a way to improve student performance.

Our question: What do you think about these “radical” steps? Are they over-the-top…or just what the doctor ordered?

Post your comments here. Fredricka will read some of them on the air during the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Kyra Phillips