January 23rd, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Cutting athletics to focus on academics

CNN education contributor Steve Perry weighs in on one school district's decision to cut athletics to focus on academics.

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January 23rd, 2012
01:05 PM ET
January 23rd, 2012
11:33 AM ET

PSU hit hard by Paterno's death

CNN's Susan Candiotti reports from Penn State University where people mourn the death of former coach Joe Paterno.

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January 23rd, 2012
11:22 AM ET

How Tucson schools changed after Mexican-American studies ban

By Stephanie Siek, CNN

(CNN) –  Nearly two weeks since Tucson, Arizona's, Mexican-American studies classes were suspended, some books have been removed from classes, teachers are uncertain about what curriculum to use and some students said they'd like to give district and state school administrators some homework: Listen to the students affected by the decision.

"I just want to talk to them," said Nicolas Dominguez, a senior at Tucson Magnet High School, where administrators removed several seminal Mexican-American studies texts last week. "I want to talk to them about all of this, and I want to get to know them, because you have to get to know people before you can change them. I think it’s essential to become friends with the state superintendent and work together."

The Governing Board of the Tucson Unified School District voted January 10 to suspended its Mexican-American studies program after an administrative law judge ruled it violated a new state law and the state said the local district was going to lose $15 million in annual aid. In a district where 60% of the 53,000 students are Latino, some said they felt like Chicano or Mexican-American perspectives on history have become unacceptable.

This week, seven textbooks associated with the Mexican-American studies program were removed from classrooms, provoking claims of censorship. District leaders said they aren't banning the books, but have removed them from classrooms while their content is evaluated.
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Paterno as Penn State coach
January 23rd, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Legendary Penn State coach Paterno dead at 85

by the CNN Wire Staff

State College, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Joe Paterno, whose tenure as the most successful coach in major college football history ended abruptly in November amid allegations that he failed to respond forcefully enough to a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant, died Sunday, his family said. He was 85.

The longtime Penn State head coach was diagnosed with what his family had called a treatable form of lung cancer shortly after the university's Board of Trustees voted to fire him.

He had been hospitalized in December after breaking his pelvis in a fall at his home and again in January for what his son called minor complications from his cancer treatments.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today," the family statement said. "His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."

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Growing tech students: A new high school model
The New York City Department of Education and the City University of New York have partnered with IBM to create a 6-year technology high school in Brooklyn known as P-Tech.
January 23rd, 2012
07:45 AM ET

Growing tech students: A new high school model

Listen to CNN Radio's podcast on P-Tech from Steve Kastenbaum.

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) IBM’s job listings website today shows more than 1,600 job vacancies in the United States. But despite the nation’s high unemployment rate, IBM executives say they have a hard time filling those positions because few candidates have the backgrounds in math and science to qualify.

IBM hopes to change that by fostering future employees among high school students.

The company’s plan centers around a partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the City University of New York (CUNY). The result is Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn– “P-Tech” for short.

“It’s a unique model,” said Rashid Ferrod Davis, the school’s principal, “A 9-through-14 model, an actual six-year school.”

P-Tech goes two years beyond the 12th grade and every high school graduate will, in theory, also receive an associate’s degree from a nearby technical college. The school focuses on giving students a strong foundation in math and the sciences so they’ll be qualified for jobs in the tech industry when they graduate.
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