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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now in its 40th day, and searchers have yet to turn up a piece of the plane. Erin Burnett has the latest.
March 6th, 2014
08:52 PM ET

Is she the toughest principal in America?

Robert Redford presents "Chicagoland," a series exploring the highly toxic fight over slashing the bloated budget of America's third biggest city.

The man in charge is someone who relishes a fight – Mayor Rahm Emanuel who, last year, closed 50 Chicago schools affecting 27,000 students, which was the largest school closure in American history, most of them in low-income black neighborhoods.

That decision led to the mayor being called, a "liar", a "classist", a "racist" and "The Murder Mayor."

OutFront: Liz Dozier, who appears on "Chicagoland," is the principal of Fenger High School, located in Roseland, one of the Chicago neighborhoods hit by the closures.

Filed under: Crime • Education • News
February 21st, 2014
08:48 PM ET

Racial incidents sparks outrage at Ole Miss: Student assaulted, called N-Word

Police are pushing for criminal charges against three freshman males suspected of placing a noose on the campus statue of civil rights icon James Meredith.

They also allegedly draped a flag with a confederate battle emblem over the statue's head.

Officials haven't released any names but the students sought for questioning were expelled from the fraternity Sig Fi Epsilon.

Ole Miss racial incidents have many feeling uneasy

In a separate race-related incident Monday night, an African-American student who is a third-year senior at the school, reported to police that someone threw alcohol at her from a moving car while also hurling racial slurs.

Officials say it's unclear if the two incidents are related.

CNN's Nick Valencia is in Oxford Mississippi with the student's first national interview.

Filed under: Education • News • Racism • Social Issues
Bard Prison Initiative
February 18th, 2014
12:49 PM ET

College-in-prison grad: 'You can have swagger and be a mathematician'

By Katie McLaughlin, CNN

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this weekend his state will launch a college-education program for prisoners at 10 facilities.

The program will offer both associate and bachelor's degrees by bringing college professors to the prisons from educational associations that provide accredited programs. Cuomo hopes it will reduce recidivism rates and the overall size of the prison population.

The program is based on an existing one - called Bard Prison Initiative - which provides college education and a Bard College degree to incarcerated individuals at six prisons in New York State.

CNN's Katie McLaughlin attended Bard Prison Initiative's graduation to file the following report.

A man who spent 17 years behind bars on a manslaughter conviction is back in prison. But not for the reasons you might expect.

Anthony Cardenales traveled to Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch, New York to attend Bard Prison Initiative’s 10th graduation ceremony. The program allows incarcerated men and women to obtain degrees from Bard College.

Anthony Cardenales is a graduate.

In 2003, when Bard arrived at the medium-security Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Woodbourne, New York, Cardenales had already been incarcerated for more than a decade and had completed every educational program available at the prison. Knowing that the job prospects for an ex-con were dismal at best, he wanted to make himself as marketable as possible upon his release.

The application process required Cardenales to deliver an essay response to a piece of literature. BPI is highly-selective and only admits about 15 students for every 100 applications received.

Cardenales believes it was his ambition and passion for learning that helped him secure a spot in the program.

“I’ve always been a driven person, I was just driven in the wrong direction,” Cardenales told CNN. Once accepted, “I put all my efforts into getting that degree,” he said.


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Filed under: Education • OutFront Extra
January 15th, 2014
08:43 PM ET

New Mexico shooting suspect's family: "We love our young son"

(CNN) – He had a 20-gauge pump shotgun, which police say he personally sawed off.

He had three shells.

And he had a plan.

The 12-year-old had all these when he entered a Roswell, New Mexico, middle school gymnasium and opened fire, State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said Wednesday.

His first shot, which Kassetas characterized as "birdshot," hit the ceiling. The second went into the gym floor. The third sped toward the stands where, some 12 to 15 feet away, it hit two of a throng of students who had been waiting for classes to start.

"The victims were random," the state police chief said.

Having carried out three search warrants and conducted at least 60 "primary interviews," Kassetas laid out these and other details related to Tuesday morning's shooting at Berrendo Middle School. But he didn't disclose everything, including the preteen shooter's possible motive.

"We did find evidence that the suspect had planned this event," Kassetas said. "I can't discuss the particulars as to why."


Filed under: Education • News • School Shooting
November 8th, 2013
09:51 PM ET

Study: No more than two hours of screen time a day for kids

New studies show kids are overdosing on tech.

That's why Silicon Valley executives- the same ones who make billions of dollars from selling those screens to your kids- are sending their kids to schools without computers.

Dan Simon reports for OutFront

Filed under: Education • Tech
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