April 23rd, 2012
03:32 PM ET

The push for longer school days

Steve Perry talks about why he is in favor of longer school days, as long as the actual education is improved, too.

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April 2nd, 2012
04:45 PM ET

Perry's Priniciples: Detroit kids walkout shows students want a good education

CNN education contributor Steve Perry on Detroit students walking out of a school called one of the worst in the U.S.

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February 21st, 2012
01:02 PM ET

Ask Dr. Perry

A CNN viewer asks Education Contributor Steve Perry what schools can do to help students understand financial markets.

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February 20th, 2012
04:20 PM ET

Should students be paid to go to class?

CNN's education contributor Steve Perry on whether a 'cash for class' program at one school is a good idea for students.

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February 16th, 2012
04:40 PM ET

Should states change the dropout age?

CNN's education contributor Steve Perry on a "USA Today" editorial calling for a change in the school dropout age.

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February 13th, 2012
01:31 PM ET

Perry: President caved on 'No Child Left Behind'

CNN Education Contributor Steve Perry on why he disagrees with President Obama's decision to issue waivers for 'No Child Left Behind' requirements.

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February 6th, 2012
06:29 PM ET

Colleges bumping up SAT scores

Steve Perry on Claremont McKenna College and other schools that may be padding their SAT scores to look more selective.

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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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December 8th, 2011
07:46 AM ET

My View: Education's Battle at Wounded Knee

by Steve Perry, CNN Contributor CNN

Editor’s note: CNN Education Contributor Steve Perry  is the founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School and author of  "Push Has Come to Shove" in which he describes what steps need to be taken to ensure that all American schools, whether urban or suburban, deliver a first-rate education to kids.

President Barack Obama has buckled like a bad knee on No Child Left Behind.  When leadership was called for, Obama predictably hid behind the Democratic pillars of organized labor, where he settled for political expedience over education reform.  Providing states with waivers from the accountability that testing brings will not improve teaching and learning in America’s public schools.

No Child Left Behind is the boldest public education policy of our generation.  It’s exactly what I expected to be the hallmark of the presidency of Barack Obama.  Obama ran and was elected on the notion of hope that change would bring.  Implicit in this is that the status quo will not be tolerated. His move to offer waivers to states is a move backward to a time when all a school needed to do to be considered good was to educate the majority of students - a time in which millions of children were left behind.

At its core, NCLB requires schools to prove that all children - regardless of race, economics or perceived limitations - are learning, in order to continue to receive federal money.  The crafters of NCLB believed that these measurements should be standardized and selected by the states themselves.  Where it’s proven that kids aren’t learning, those children must be offered the opportunity to attend schools where children are learning.

The ESEA Flexibility Request Form states schools which have failed to meet goals for adequate yearly progress, or AYP may continue to receive federal Title I funds, whereas George W. Bush’s NCLB would have threatened to take funds away.  Under Bush, NCLB money went to schools with at least 40% of the children living in poverty or schools in need of improvement.  Obama’s flexibility measures will allow states to request these scarce funds for any school they wish.  To continue the bloodletting of NCLB, the president will allow states to take money set aside to “reward Title I schools that significantly closed the achievement gap,” or “exceeded AYP,” and use it to  reward any of the state’s schools.

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