April 27th, 2011
06:05 PM ET

Coming Up: Teacher Appreciation Week

You've heard us talk on the show this week about how you can honor your favorite teacher by sending us an iReport (you have to be at least 13 years old to do it).

Now, we're opening up our blog for you to appreciate your teachers.  Just tell us what your favorite teacher does that makes a difference, and you may see your comment next week on CNN Student News.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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April 17th, 2011
06:49 PM ET

No Bagged Lunches

That's the policy at a public elementary school in Chicago.  Unless students have a medical condition, they're not allowed to bring lunches from home.  That means they either eat school lunches or go without lunch.

The principal says the rule is for their own good; she believes that the lunches that the school provides are healthier than what students bring from home.  But it's not a popular plan with the students who want to bring their own lunches, and critics say it shouldn't be up to the school to decide what kids eat.

What are your thoughts on this?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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April 13th, 2011
06:54 PM ET

Music: For Better or for Worse?

It was a study that took a look at teenagers who listen to a lot of music - we're talking four to five hours a day - and it suggested they may be at a higher risk for depression.  One thing that's unclear is whether teens may listen to more music when they're already down - or if listening to a lot of music can bring them down.

Think about this:  When you're feeling down, do you believe that listening to music is more helpful or harmful?  ...or does it all just depend on the music and the timing?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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April 3rd, 2011
04:43 PM ET

Employment, Pay, and Opportunity

America's national unemployment rate is 8.8 percent, but for teens, it's much higher (it's over 20 percent by some estimates).  There's a proposal in Maine that could help out with the state's teen unemployment, but there's a catch:  If it becomes law, people who are hired would be making less than the state's minimum wage.

It's called a "training wage," and it would pay $5.25/hour instead of the state minimum wage of $7.50.  And the training wage could be paid for 180 days.  The argument in favor:  With lower wages, employers could afford to hire more workers.  The argument against:  It "devalues" young workers and would pay them less than minimum wage.

So it becomes a question like this:  Would you be willing to accept $5.25/hour if your chances of getting a job were better?  Or would you want to keep your current chances of getting hired - but at $7.50/hour?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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