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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
May 23rd, 2014
09:04 PM ET

Melinda Gates backs Common Core testing

With the school year coming to a close, there's a growing concern about the state of America's education system.

Why Common Core tests are bad

Much of it centered around the nationwide standard known as the "Common Core" - a way to evaluate students, schools and teachers.

It started under the Bush administration, but now conservatives are one of its biggest opponents.

But one woman is making it part of her life's work to support the curriculum. In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Melinda Gates explains why she backs Common Core.


Filed under: Education • News
April 29th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

College graduate's backflip flop goes viral

There are a bunch of ways to celebrate a college graduation.

Throwing your cap in the air. Blowing a bullhorn. Or screaming your lungs out in joy.

A backflip - may not be one of them. CNN's Jeanne Moos tells us why.


Filed under: Education • Jeanne Moos • OffBeat
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
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