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officials and educators need to embrace aggressive reform across the board. >> you can't defend a status quo in which a third of the kids are dropping out. you can't defend a status quo when you have 2,000 schools across the country that are drop-out factories and they really are where more than half of the kids are dropping out. in those schools, you have got to have radical change. >> the president also discussed the lack of accessibility to good schools. used his own family as an example. >> given my position, if i wanted to find a great public school for malia and sasha to be in, we could probably maneuver to do it but the broader problem is for a mom or a dad who are working hard but don't have a bunch of connections. >> you know, the president also actually said some negative things about the d.c. public school system and in just minutes new york city mayor
michael bloomberg joins tom brokaw on the plaza in rockefeller plaza to discuss the state of the education system. stay tuned for live coverage of that. >> the president hopes a plane for new mexico to visit four states in four days. part business, part politics and includes a big rally on a college campus designed to recapture some of the 2008 obama campaign magic. cnbc's chief washington correspondent john harwood joins us now. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. >> what do we expect? i understand it's a big college rally in wisconsin tomorrow and then just kind of a throwback to 2008, satellite watching
. . . . >> it was interesting how he went about attacking it and separate out rank and file republicans and independents. >> reporter: there's no question, he's looking for some of those soft independents who might be leaning republican right now and wants them to know, hey, i want to talk to you. it's the leadership blocking me from making progress on some of the problems and they're the ones that i have got the fight
with, not you. george bush said the same thing, blamed democratic leaders. we'll see if the president gets that mild republican support in november. >> all right. john harwood, chief washington correspondent for cnbc in the north capitol studio there. thank you very much. in georgia bishop eddie long is vowing to fight allegations. he made the first public response to the accusations during sunday services at his church. >> i have been accused. i'm under attack. i want you to know as i said earlier, i'm not a perfect man. but this thing i'm going to fight. >> nbc's ron mott live for us in
decatu decatur. sounds like nothing but supporters showed up on sunday. >> reporter: yes, but we did, in fact, speak to some of the parishers and at least one said he thought that eddie long should step done from the position as senior pastor. most of the folk that is showed up to services yesterday supportive of eddie long and he walked off the stage yesterday likening this fight to david versus ga lie ath and said he had five stones and walked off to great applause yesterday. i spoke about an hour ago with b.j. bernstein, attorney for the four men that filed lawsuits against eddie long for pressuring them allegedly into sexual acts. she says while officials here in the county will not looks like press charges criminally she is in contact with the u.s. attorney's office and that matter before them to see if there's potential federal charges that might apply criminally against bishop long
who one thing that a lot of folks noticed yesterday, he did not adamantly deny the allegations as he did through intermediaries last week and said nothing about the guilt or innocence if you will yesterday in the pulpit. he says he is just going to fight the charges. >> most striking about him and washington response, actually. >> sounded like a lawyer got in the way of the sermon. >> all right. ron mott, thanks for your report this morning. appreciate it. back here in washington, it is all but certain congress will leave without resolving one of the biggest fights of the fall -- whether to extend the bush tax cuts. >> we are absolutely going to get this done before the end of the year. we may well take it up before the midterms. >> if we leave here this week and adjourn for the election without preventing these tax increases on the american people, it will be the most irresponsible thing that i have seen since i have been in washington, d.c. and i've been here in a while. >> do men cois following this
and sounded as though last week speaker pelosi holding out the possibility the house at least could vote on the tax cut extensions before going off to recess. seems like some members of the house leadership kind of foreclosed that, though, on some of the sunday shows. >> that's right. tax cuts were all the buzz on the sunday shows this week. we didn't learn a lot new from some of the leaders. you know, we know that harry reid has said he'll punt the tax cuts until after the midterms so, you know, whether or not any of it's going to get done, it is not going to. they might vote on it during the lame deck session and not much else is probably going to happen on that front. you know, we did hear president obama this morning in some of that -- in the interview that matt lauer had with him, also discussed the tax cuts and for the first time took a shot at republicans on the pledge. it was a first comments on the ledge and he said that they were irresponsible policies because it was a $700 billion tax cut that would lead to more spending
but only $16 billion in spending cuts so this is clearly a fine line that the president's going to want to draw between republican leadership and republicans and potentially as john harwood mentioned independents who lean towards republicans and try to, you know, be able to help democrats maybe close some of that gap but still, obviously, tough road to hoe here as we head into the midterm elections for democrats. >> all right. domenico, thanks very much. savannah, we had one other big story this weekend. the unveiling of the new season of "saturday night live." >> this is the key signs that you have arrived. christine o'donnell, the candidate, parodied on "saturday night live." take a look. >> in college, i burned somebody's house down. >> wait. arson? >> yes. but not for money. for revenge. >> all right.
christine, i'm going to stop you right here. this is getting into a tricky legal area and we probably shouldn't be hearing this. >> oh, exactly. exactly. you know what in the people of delaware don't want to hear about it eat everit either. they want to hear about restoring country. >> you're right. >> thanks for having me. my pleasure. >> good luck. >> thanks. >> i guess that was just irresistible. >> had to be for them. out of the president's interview that you were jumping on top of, as well, which is the fact that the president pretty clearly said rahm emanuel's got to make a decision soon. we have pointed out there's legal implications he cannot be exploring legally exploring a run for office holding non-elected federal office. >> no question. look. they're right up against the line. they know it.
i think it makes them uncomfortable ear hearing sooner rather than later announcement of rahm emanuel. coming up, they're the first two states to receive federal states to raise the grade in the classroom. how will they do it? the interview with the tennessee and delaware governors. >> but first, a look ahead at the president's schedule today. well, one piece of business is done. he did the nbc "today" show interview live. he's got a call with the university students and journalists, small business jobs act signing and then off to albuquerque. you are watching "the daily rundown" only on msnbc. we know why we're here. to chart a greener path in the air and in our factories. ♪ to find cleaner, more efficient ways to power flight. ♪ and harness our technology for new energy solutions. [ female announcer ] around the globe, the people of boeing are working together, to build a better tomorrow.
school about a month less than most other advanced countries. and, that month makes a difference. >> a call for longer school years, part of the radical reform the president says is needed to fix america's schools. >> two states that will be at if fore front of the effort now delaware and tennessee. they're the first recipients of grants from the administration's race to the top program. and with us now the governors of both of those states. governor bretison, let me start with you. this money that you are getting from the federal government, explain to us how you are going to use it, how much of it is going to go directly to schools and what is it used for that parents will see pretty quickly? >> good. we are going to use it for really three main areas. first of all, professional development and mace basically all of that money into schools and fix failing schools and third of all to work on the stem
discipline. science, technology, engineering math. but i hope that most of the money ends up really in the classroom. it is not something to be wasted on administrative efforts. >> governor, let me ask you. one thing that people have been talking about is teachers' unions. i wonder, just to put it to you bluntly, are teachers' unions an obstacle? >> in delaware they were a partner. i don't think we would have got here without them. part of the advantage is this application we put together not just done for race to the top. it was part of a package started many, many months before race to the top came to the fore. we had teachers at the table, including leadership of the teacher's union and difficult times ahead and partners in a broad plan. >> corey booker of newark, the reason to receive this $100 million pledge from the founder of facebook, he was looking, he
was actually going around the country looking for a wealthy philanthropist to give them money. to give the school system money. is this the road that school systems -- do you see yourself as a former, you're a former mayor, do you feel like that's what you would tell mayors to do, find private money at this point? >> i don't think so. i think that private money can be really important in being able to do some things and to innovate and to try some things that are difficult to do with public money but the school systems, i mean, it is a major public commitment. 5% or 6% of the gdp. we need to figure out how to run the schools with public money and properly. and private money can help and private partnerships can give energy and new ideas into it but this is a public responsibility. we need to keep it that way. >> well, speaking of money, governor markell, as well you know, the problem really isn't funding. in other words, we are spending much more per pupil than in the past but not getting the
results. in your view, what's the fundamental reason public schools aren't succeeding? lack of resources? poor teachers? parents? where's the problem? >> i think it is one of the things the president said this morning. there's no single thing that's really why in the case of our plan we have taken an integrated approach, a big part is having high standards and high expectations. that's making sure that teacher haves an opportunity to understand what the data is telling them. having time in collaborate with other teachers in the classroom. it's making sure we do, in fact, have good teachers and good leaders in every school and it is important when we find the schools consistently underperforming and failing to do everything possible to turn those around and that's why we think this integrated approach is so important. >> you know, governor bredeson, from my entire adult life since i left public school system in high school i have heard about a couple of reforms that everybody's still talking about and the president today.
yearlong or extended school years. perhaps mandatory 13th and 14th grade, some form of it. and neither one has happened. we see sometimes in an experiment here or there. but you've been in office for eight years. you were a mayor before that in nashville. why is it that these reforms, which, frankly, some of them called for for a generation now, still cannot be implemented on a large scale? >> well, i mean, i'd be somebody in the long term, i certainly think what the president said this morning was right to extend the school year and other countries are doing it more. but i think even more important than that, we need to get right what we're doing during the time we have the children and there's a lot of work to be done in that area, as well. i don't think that putting the money into simply extend the school year is the right thing to do. may be a great follow-on getting much more effective in the schools and i believe we're on a course to do that but, you know, take things a step at a time and get it right before we expand
it. >> governor bredeson, this issue of pay for performance for teachers. because as you well know, there was a study in your backyard of the nashville schools, conducted in association with vanderbilt university that showed there was no nexus between paying teachers more and a resulting increase in students' test scores. ems to fly in the face of this thing that so many people hold up as what you have to do for reform. >> it is like the president said. there are no silver bullets here. i think the ability to pay teachers differently, to pay teachers in difficult to hire areas is important piece of it but i don't think people should think a bonus plan on performance by itself will do it. it is based around -- nobody would do that in the business world. it is based around the professional development. >> right. >> maybe tied to compensation in some way to performance but these kind of very simplistic things of an extra bonus for higher things i don't think it
works. >> i want to ask each one of you a political question about this year. governor markell, you're chairman of the democratic governor's association. not asking you to name states but is it fair to say you are now moving resources out of places you can't win in order to move them to places that you can? >> well, i think that's what you do. first of all, my job to chair the governor's democratic association would be easier if phil bredeson could run for re-election in tennessee. it is true. he's been a great governor. we have california, florida, texas, big states and other states, ko ko, connecticut and others. we have to target the resources as effectively as we can. >> governor bredeson, how would you advise the president to connect in tennessee, frankly, a state the president has never been able to connect with? >> i've always naelt the real answer in a lot of america --
tennessee is a good example of that, just kind of getting out of the washington speak and that whole kind of -- the whole mill yeah that exists there and talk to people in walmarts and waffle houses and to get out there. i watched him this morning. he can do that. i was watching him up there and just thinking how effective he can be at that. i'd love to let him let down the hair a little bit and come to tennessee. we'll help him out. >> all right. governors of delaware and tennessee, two governors at the forefront of the education reform movement, the first recipients of race to the top grants. coming up, how many times did you wish you had the last word? you have no idea. >> no, no. i don't understand. >> no, really. lawrence o'donnell gets the last word here on msnbc. we'll have a preview of his big premier tonight straight ahead. but first, actually, it was courtesy a little bit of governor bredeson. our "washington speak" today,
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well, throughout this election year, poll after poll shows americans don't think much of the u.s. congress. that's been true for a while, actually. >> absolutely. tea party supported candidates reaping the benefits. matthew dowd is a columnist with "the national journal." and also a republican consultant from years past with president bush. president bush's chief political adviser during the re-elect. img i'm going to play you an ad from democratic congressman alan grayson down from central florida. watch the ad. >> i'm congressman grayson and i support this ad. >> taking freedoms in afghanistan, iran and here in central florida. webster tried to deny medical care. >> submit to me. >> he wants to force raped women to bear the child. >> submit to me. >> taliban dan webster. hands off our bodies and our laws. >> i play that ad because
democrats have been getting two types of advice how to fight back against the tea party and the enthusiasm gap of the republicans. some say temper the president obama way, very sort of calm, cool, collected way and alan grayson saying fight harder, hit back harder. rough ad comparing taliban, iran to the opponent. he may survive this way, republican wave, and a republican district. what message does that send to democrats? >> interesting thing is anger and frustration out there exists and palpable and evidence to self and republican primaries and evidences itself in primary. ignoring it is a mistake and democrats to tap into some passionate out there because they have a huge gap. where republicans are much more enthusiastic, turnout's going to favor them. if if the democrats don't change wit a level of passion and energy that taps into some anger, then they're going to lose so i actually think going
at a tact to tap into emotion as opposed to a cerebral argument is better way to go. >> your column called votes of passion when you compare some of these elections of candidates like o'donnell delaware, angle in nevada, vote of passion. compared to a crime of passion. explain. >> well, you know, crime of passion, obviously, what happens is people don't think it through and so they just because they're so upset about something whether it's somebody's caught in an affair and then think gosh, should i have done that? many of the votes are that way. people walking in, willing to take a totally emotional, pull an emotional lever and may not be logical and may nominate candidates that can't win in the november election but obviously all of that overlays an underlying problem which is people do not trust washington, d.c. and willing to nominate fringe candidates. >> this is not that new. we saw it, the states of the
petrie dish, the petrie dish of politics. recall of gray davis and many argue was a precursor to this and election of jesse ventura. both votes of passion, were they not? >> you're right, chuck. the other thing you're seeing is overturning election from election to election opposed to three or four in a row one party wins and like in two years or one year. >> get it done. get out. >> president obama grated in 2009 and then lost a number of elections and special election in massachusetts. >> probably consistent with the culture of moving more quickly these days. matthew, thank you so much from "the national journal." >> we have to move quickly. >> our apologies. still ahead, new york mayor michael bloomberg live. words alone aren't enough. my job is to listen to the needs and frustrations of the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel or restaurant workers
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bottom of the hour now. let's take a look at what's graving this monday. >> this afternoon president obama will sign the small business jobs act into law. the $42 billion legislation includes $12 million in tax breaks for small business. a federal panel begins its investigation into the gulf oil spill response. the two-day agenda includes looking at use of chemical dispersants and the debate of a mothratorium in the gulf. an uncharacteristically strong september on a high note. if the rally holds, this would be the best september for stocks since 1939. >> that's stunning. >> yeah. it is indeed. other stories making headlines, a failing levee in
portage, wisconsin, has hundreds of residents evacuating. flooding the only road in and out of there. a new report says half of all guns that crossed state lines to be used in crimes in 2009 were sold in just ten dates. the states shown here account for nearly 21,000 of the 43,000 guns connected to crimes in other states. hyundai announced a voluntarily recall. pulling sonato cars built since last december because of steering problems. no injuries linked to that steering issue. take a look at amateur video of a delta passenger in an emergency landing in new york after the landing gear got stuck. sparks shot up from the tarmac as a wing dragged across the ground. none of the passengers or crew were injured. well, facebook founder mark zuckerburg gave the newark
education system a boost. >> he joined governor christie and mayor booker at learning plaza in morning, both acknowledged the gift earlier on "morning joe" saying they were committed to making the donation count. >> what will define our success will not be the incredible generosity of mark zuckerburg. that's an amazing tool in the tool box but the architects have to be there. >> we agree on so many things that our view especially on the view of education we need to take this on and we need to take it on directly and we need to do it for the kids of our state. >> all right. well, you can go to education nation.com to find out more and we'll be back in a minute. we are waiting mayor michael bloomberg who will be live from education plaza when we return. >> and lawrence o'donnell to preview his new show "the last word" premiering tonight 10:00 p.m. eastern. we'll be right back. ♪
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well, education nation is under way at rockefeller center in new york. a big week of events and conversations about how to fix our nation's schools. let's get to special correspondent tom brokaw in new york. >> thank you very much, savannah. we are back here in the studios because we were rained out of 30 rockefeller plaza this morning and happy to introduce the mayor of the city of new york, mike bloomberg. hugely successful businessman that made it clear that he wanted to take control of new york city's public schools and with his very energetic and imaginative chancellor joel klein they have done just that. they're on the cutting edge of reforming public education in new york city and creating a standard that the rest of the country is beginning to pay attention to now. now it's my privilege to introduce the honorable mayor.
>> thank you. good morning. sorry about the weather and all part of the mayor's program to e eliminate the drought. nevertheless, rain or sheen i want to welcome everyone to new york city. birthplace of four supreme court justices and one on "american idol." and i special want to welcome the 50 teacherses and principals who have been named education champions. it really is important to listen and learn from our best educators when we talk about reform. and there are so many of them around this country. but the reality is all of us are here because the american education system once the best in the world is now far from it. let me give you some statistics. today, our students rank 20th in the world in high school graduation rates. 25th in math. and while other nations were racing ahead, expecting more of their students and teachers, america was standing still, i'm
sorry to say. even though we've been spending far more than anyone else. and cutting class size far below what it used to be. by losing ground in our schools, we have also lost ground in our economy. in fact, the economic challenges facing the middle class in this country, especially the growing income gap directly related to the educational challenges facing our students. unemployment in america today is too high. and part of the reason, unfortunately, is that many companies cannot fill the high-skilled jobs increasingly at risk of going overseas. the only ways to reverse this course and remain the world's economic super power is to modernize our education system and do it right now. we owe that to our kids and we owe it to our country. president obama and education secretary duncan i think understand how important this challenge is.
and their leadership has helped drive changes in state houses across the country, including here in new york. i'm optimistic that we can succeed. partly because we've seen here in new york what a difference reform can make. and partly because i believe the country is reaching a tipping point in terms of recognizing the severity of this problem. and demanding action. the new film "waiting for superman" has sparked a national controversy on education education reform that's badly needed and long overdue. i think it's touched a nerve because it shows through the heart-wrenching stories of children and their parents exactly what is at stake. we should never forget that every morning in this city and all across our country, moms and dads wake up at 5:30 to prepare breakfast for their children, they dress them and get them ready for school. they grab their little hands as they cross their street. they take them to our doorstep and then they leave them in our
trust. their children are in our future. and i work for them. and i make this promise to them and to their parents. we will work just as hard as you do to provide a better future for your children. here in new york city, we spent the last eight years transforming a broken and dysfunctional school system and reversing decades of educational neglect. vults our 1.1 million students no matter how you mshl it or who you compare them to have taken big steps forward. since winning control of the school system when i came into office in the year 2002, our graduation rates have gone up 16 percentage pointing while in the rest of the state with the same requirements and the same tests graduation rates have gone up only three points. our african-american and hispanic students have closed the achievement gap by 37%, in reading and 18% in math and made significant progress compared to
the rest of the country on the national assessment of educational progress. progress really is possible. no matter how much the naysayers try to diminish the gains our children are making for political or ideological reasons. for us the criteria for every decision is simple. is it good for our children? not politicians or unions but children. by sutding children first, we have made huge strides but we know how much work still remains. the challenge we face is nothing less than transforming our schools from assembly line factories into centers of innovation. and preparing our students to lead the 21st century economy. our goal here in new york is to ensure that every child who graduates high school is ready to start a career or start college and to intromat cli increase the number of students that graduate from college.
we're expand the efforts in four key areas. first, we'll form new partnerships with businesses, non-profits and universities to more directly connect our kids to college and careers. we've created very successful public/private partnerships to support innovative initiatives like the principal training academy but we'll now ask the private sector to do more than give money. we'll ask them to see our students as to their future work force and invest directly in them. second, we'll do more to support teachers and reward great teaching and that includes ending tenure as we know it. so that tenure is awarded for performance, not taken for granted. i honor our teachers and i think we have the best teachers in the country. they're smart. they're tough, passionate men and women who give their all with all of their heart. they deserve our support and they deserve our respect. they deserve to be paid and they
deserve to be paid well. they deserve high quality professional development. they deserve to be recognized and rewarded for their success. but the truth is not every single one of them deserves a lifetime job. there is no business in america that would be prevented from taking results into account when making personnel decisions. and that's exactly unfortunately what's happening in our school systems across the country. it is wrong, it must stop and in new york city i promise you it will stop. our third strategy for making kids' college and career ready involve redesigning classroom learning empowering teachers for cutting edge technology to tailor lesson plans around the individual learning needs of students and give every student more personal attention. and fourth, we'll continue giving parents more top-quality college and career prep school options by creating 200 new
schools over the next 3 years, including 100 new charter schools. these four strategies will help us completely recast the relationship between public schools, higher education and the workplace. this is critical because other countries do a much better job of preparing and connecting students to colleges and careers long before they leave secondary schools. in america, the situation is more sink or swim and too many students sink. we can change that with these strategies. and the first one partnering with the private sector is already you'll be happy to know bearing fruit. today, i'm excited to announce a new partnership we have entered into with ibm a ten city university of new york and it's the first of the kind in the country. together, we'll create a school that runs from grades nine to grade 14, yes, grade 14. all students will learn the
traditional core subjects but they'll also receive an education in computer science and complete two years of college work. when they graduate from grade 14, with an associate's degree and a qualified record, they will be guaranteed a job with ibm. and a ticket to the middle class or even beyond. we'll also join with the city university of new york to match academic standards of high school with those in college and hold the high schools accountable for their graduates' performance in college. that work is being made possible by a generous grant from the gates foundation which is also funding similar efforts in three other cities, san francisco and riverside, california and mesa, arizona. our goal is to replace the number of students who need remedial help in college and to double the number of students receiving associate degrees from the city university of new york by the end of the decade. of course, ensuring our students
are college and career ready doesn't start in high school. it starts in kindergarten ear starts with supporting and rewarding great teaching, the second strategy. last week, we received a $36 million teacher incentive fund grant from federal government to support their colleagues including our newest teachers and to increase in bnumber of turnaround teachers. those that serve in the lowest performing teachers and receive a 30% salary increase and turnaround teachers receive a 15% salary increase which can mean a raise of tens of thousands of dollars for each. teachers and principals are professionals. they deserve to be paid like professionals, treated like professionals and evaluated like professionals. but for too long, the tenure evaluation process for both principals and teachers has been a formality, a rubber stamp.
it used to be that 99.1% of teachers received tenure. that's right. 99.1%. but last year, we started using data to make tenure decisions and the number dropped to 89%. for the other 11%, they were just not ready to receive a lifetime job promotion. a job protection. beginning this year, our policy will be very simple. only teachers who help students and schools move ahead significantly for at least two consecutive years will earn tenure. and just as we have been raising the bar for our students through higher standards, we must also raise the bar for our teachers and principals and we are. it's time for us to end the last-las policy that puts kids at risk. with more budget cuts looming, principals across the country will have no choice but to make layoffs based on seniority so
the newest teachers the first ones to go, even if they happen to be the best teachers, that makes no sense. remember and only question -- is it good for children? how could anyone argue that this is good for children? the law is nothing more than special interest politics and we're going to get rid of it before it hurts our kids. our work to connect students to colleges and careers, our third strategy, is nothing short of revolutionary. imagine for a minute looking into a classroom and instead of seeing kids raise their hands to every question and others just day dreaming, you see a small group working with a teacher in one corner, other kids working individually on their portable computers, and other kids working together on the same project online. everywhere you go in the school, rather than lecturing at students as a class, teachers will be working with students as individuals or small teams on projects and lessons,
specifically tailored to their own learning styles and needs. well, those scenes are playing out more and more every single day here in new york city, i'm happy to say. we've created 80 innovation schools that have started down the ground breaking path of using technology to design individual learning plans for each child. it's an ipod world. our students shouldn't be stuck looking at overhead projectors. with funding help from our state, we can make every single school in new york city ready for this high-tech program. and we can work with teachers to transform 400 of our schools into innovation schools over the next three years. but to make them fully functional, we'll also need the state to take two other steps. first, all-state law requires schools to buy printed textbooks rather than digital. that may be good for business for the textbook industry, but it really is a bad deal for our students in this day and age. second, we'll work with the
state to end what is called seat time. which requires that all students spend a certain number of hours in their seats on every subject, even if they've already learned what's expected of them. what if maria mastered tenth grade biology by april instead of june? why not let her jump start on to chemistry? technology can empower our teachers and students, and we must take advantage of it. the 400 innovation schools we are planning reflect our determination to give parents more top-quality school choices, and that our fourth -- that's our fourth and final strategy. for connecting students to colleges and careers, we've already created 500 new schools over the past eight years, including 127 new charter schools. there are big reason why student achievement levels have gone up so significantly. and to keep them going up further, we'll create another 100 new, small schools on top of another 100 charter schools.
at the same time, we'll continue replacing the lowest-performing 10% of schools with schools of excellence, as the obama administration has urged. for too long, we'll continue replacing the lowest-performing 10% of schools with schools of excellence. for too long families moved out of new york in search of petter schools. today, families are coming here for exactly those reasons, and some families in the suburbs are lying where they live so they can send their kids to city schools. and just as the safety of new york schools is known worldwide, we're going to do the same for the quality of our schools and we're going to -- not going to let up until it is done. we're going to work to convince legislators to pass our agenda, and we'll mobilize the public to join us with their votes and their checkbooks. we've got to elect candidates who put children first and throw out those who don't. that's the revolution we need. it's a revolution that we must all lead. and together, we can give every
single child a first-rate education and keep america the strongest, most prosperous country in the world. thank you, and god bless. >> thank you, mr. mayor. mayor michael bloomberg with a very bold and innovative blueprint for the future of public education here in new york, including the hereto unheard of idea you can have a school that is grades 9 through 14 in association with ibm and it will result in jobs for those students. a lot to talk about. i'll be back in a few moments talking with cory booker, mayor of new york city, pardon me, newark city. he's not taking michael bloomberg's job. he's got $100 million grant. a lot go on in education, chuck and savannah. you heard the mayor of new york city with a provocative idea of taking on the teachers unions on this very sticky issue of tenure. a lot go on here in the education nation today. >> tom brokaw, thanks very much.
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nbc's special summit on schools, education nation is under way right now. let's go to special correspondent tom brokaw in new york. you have a special guest. >> i do, indeed, chuck todd. he's relishing on the new york jets' victory they play over in new jersey, a team you're familiar with in miami. cory booker's with us, we were interrupted earlier because of a heavy rainstorm on the plaza but we had beside you at that moment, mark zuckerberg, founder of facebook, the largest social network in the world, just 26 years old. you met him last summer at the end of a conversation there and follow-up conversations, he agreed to commit $100 million to new york city schools. you have to match that. how are you doing it?
>> we're doing pretty good. the announcement got out through the "wall street journal," we're $40 million in for the match. and we've got $60 million to go. he always calls it a challenge grant because it's not just other people to match the money he's challenging the new york residents and the community to step up like we never had. the investment he's making newark can create a model of uniform. we're not new york city with 1.2 million kids we're 45,000, we can show the nation quickly what a complete model for school and education reform can be. >> you're spending gis as much as other schools on the country in kids $22,000, $26,000 plus per student in newark system. it's not a matter of money. >> new york it's not. as mayor bloomberg said, we have a system that is funding things that just don't work, which funding broken ideas we have a belief if we put money into broken ideas they're going to produce educational challenge. this in is