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President Obama praises lawmakers for approving his request to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. Erin Burnett has more.
September 17th, 2014
09:32 PM ET

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel: A college "diploma is a dunce hat in disguise"

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is worth billions of dollars thanks to investments in companies like Facebook. As a graduate of Stanford law, you'd think he'd encourage others to follow in his footsteps and go to college.

Billionaire Peter Thiel tells Apple: Innovate more

No, he actually pays people not to go to college. His fellowship pays 20 young adults, $100,000 each to pursue their interests instead of going to school.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Thiel explains why college isn't for everyone.


Filed under: Education • Tech
June 27th, 2014
08:27 PM ET

UNLV student leaders call on Hillary Clinton to return speaking fee

Student leaders including the student body president at the University of Las Vegas are calling on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to return the reported $225,000 speaking fee she's set to receive for an upcoming speech at the school.

UNLV student body president Elias Benjelloun and Daniel Waqar, the student government's public relations director, told Nevada political reporter John Ralston that the speaking fee is "a bit outrageous."

"We'd like Secretary Clinton, respectfully, to gracefully return the money to the university or the foundation," Waqar told Ralston on Thursday.

The university says the fee is covered through private sponsorships and a Clinton aide tells CNN that the money will go to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Nevada university students call on Clinton to return speaking fee

But, as you might expect, the Republican party is seizing on this latest development to paint the potential 2016 candidate as out of touch.

OutFront, Sunny Hostin and Margaret Hoover, along with David Brock, founder of Correct the Record, a pro-Hillary Clinton group.


Filed under: Education • Hillary Clinton • News • Politics
May 30th, 2014
09:50 PM ET

No sex, No gays: Catholic teachers challenge morality clause

(CNN) - If you want to teach at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, regardless of your religion, you must be willing to sign a detailed morality clause that critics say focuses on "pelvic issues."

The revised contracts forbid teachers from - among other things - living together or having sex outside of marriage, using in-vitro fertilization, a gay "lifestyle," or publicly supporting any of those things.

The system's 2,200 current teachers must sign the agreement to stay on the job.

"It is an embarrassment and a scandal, and will drive even more Catholics away from an institution so out of touch with its times," said Robert Hague, a high school English teacher for 50 years.

He's leaving his job rather than sign because he's opposed to "the language, the intent, and the tone of this contract," he says.

The revised morality clause goes beyond more general standard language requiring teachers - Catholic or not - to adhere to Catholic doctrine.

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Filed under: Education • News • OutFront Investigation • Religion
May 30th, 2014
09:27 PM ET

National Spelling Bee crowns two winners: 'It was a surprise,' champion says

For the first time in more than 50 years, we have not one, but two national spelling bee champions.

How do you spell T-I-E? National Spelling Bee has two winners

Thirteen-year-old Ansun Sujoe and 14-year-old Sriram Hathwar were both crowned winners because organizers ran out of words on their official list.

CNN's Erin Burnett reports on how the winners were able they took home the trophy.


Filed under: Education
May 28th, 2014
08:54 PM ET

Lawmaker: Healthy lunch rules "go beyond reason"

Michelle Obama slams the GOP.

It's rare that the first lady gets publicly involved in a political fight. But she has some major beef with House Republicans who want to enable schools to opt out of the nutrition standards that the first lady fought for.

Michelle Obama to Congress: 'This is unacceptable'

"The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids' health," she said. "Now is not the time to roll back everything that we have worked for. Our kids deserve so much better than that."

OutFront, Republican Congressman Robert Aderholt. He's backing the bill that would let cash-strapped schools opt out of the nutrition regulations.


Filed under: Education • Food • Health • News • Politics
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