Today on CNN Newsroom

The latest news and information from around the world. Also connect with CNN through social media. We want to hear from you.
September 4th, 2009
02:10 PM ET

Drop out rate up among Latina females

As schools around the country are reopening, a new report reveals a serious dropout crisis in the Latino community in this country.

It shows 41 percent of Latina female students do not graduate on time with a standard high school diploma.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield spoke with a series of guests to find out why.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
September 4th, 2009
01:55 PM ET

Mommy blogger on child-slapping incident

Moms out there might want to cover their ears for our next story.
This 61-year-old Georgia man is facing felony charges for allegedly slapping a crying toddler he didn't even know.
The two-year-old girl and her mother were shopping at a Wal-Mart just outside Atlanta, when the toddler began to cry.
Police say Roger Stephens slapped the little girl several times after warning her mother to keep her quiet.
Another shopper reportedly stopped Stephens until security arrived.
CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield spoke with mommy blogger Kristen Chase about the incident.

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
September 4th, 2009
01:55 PM ET

Four-day School Weeks?

America's money crisis is hitting our nation's school districts, and hitting them hard.

But one rural Georgia county appears to have found a solution–for now.
CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield explains.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
September 4th, 2009
08:38 AM ET

"Coolest" video on earth

Thursday in the Newsroom, our Josh Levs showed us NASA’s stunning new images of earth, highlighting climate changes and how the weather in one part of the planet impacts the rest of us. NASA calls it the “coolest, most illustrative video” of its kind ever.

Want to see more? Click here.

Filed under: Josh Levs
September 4th, 2009
08:08 AM ET

Back-to-School: Is Swine Flu Affecting You?

Yellow buses are back on the roads and college campuses are bustling with activity.  As children are heading back to school, concerns about H1N1 are increasing among parents.

According to recent reports, up to 50 percent of the U.S. population could be infected with Swine Flu this fall and winter.  While the CDC says most Americans should not become ill, the added stress for parents is that youth are more susceptible to complications if they are infected.

We want to hear your concerns and stories.  What kind of preventative measures are you taking? Are you a college student under quarantine? Keeping the kids home from school? Have you had swine flu? Post a comment here or tell us your story in a short video.

For the latest CNN reporting, head over to CNN Health.

Filed under: Heidi Collins • Kyra Phillips • Tony Harris
September 4th, 2009
08:00 AM ET

Turning Off the President?

President Obama's planned webcast next Tuesday to the nation's schoolkids has some parents concerned that it will be politicized. The White House says his speech will stress the importance of education. But some school districts have decided not to air the speech for fear of controversy.

What do you think? Leave us a comment.
We'll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom.