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terms of its importance and you would think that if they take an oath to protect and defend the constitution, they would vote for the system of checks and balances. >> i'm curious if you think a package like this can be completed without rate increases, tax rate increases. >> we've changed the subject? >>. >> reporter: yes. >> well, that's one of the options. that's for sure. the last couple days just to answer your question, the last couple of days we've come to -- we're narrowing what the possibilities are as we see what we need to cover, because the bill will be paid for. and so what are the choices that will be made? so we met yesterday morning to narrow what needs to be done, and the chairman of the finance committee, chairman of the ways and means committee had been working to that end.
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we had in our house bill, which i was proud of, an increase in the corporate rate, and an increase in the capital gains. it was a very well-received proposal, because it wasn't punitive. it was fair. but we'll see what survives, prevails. >> reporter: do you have a preference? >> well, my preference is to follow the cooperation that the senate and house come to. next is a woman no matter who. >> reporter: you said that -- yesterday morning you said some of the reporting about what was in and out of the bill was not accurate. is that because the bill is in flux, and does this have to be prebaked with the senate before you present it. everything has to be nailed down with the senate and manchin? >> whatever it is you think i said, what i was saying is that instead of covering what is in the bill, you all seem to be on a jag about a few people.
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96% of the house and senate democrats support the president's proposal. you would never know that to see the reporting on it. but that's your work. you do yours, we do ours. you couldn't possibly misrepresent, because it isn't -- it isn't done yet. and it will be, because now we have to narrow the scope, and we are in the process of doing that. >> and prebaked with the senate so everything is finalized before -- >> our agreement is that we will have an agreement that we will pass both houses. >> reporter: how critical is it to reach an agreement on a framework by tomorrow? leader schumer says he wants to get this done by the end of the week. are you on track for doing that? >> we've always been on track for doing that. the house has been on schedule. we have a goal. we have a timetable. we have milestones, and we've met them all, and this is one of them. >> reporter: on the child tax credit, you talked about the importance of that. would a one-year sufficient be
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acceptable to you? >> if that's -- that's what the president has agreed to. let me say i want permanent child tax credit. i wanted it for years. this is the president's big issue. it's called the biden child tax credit. so if he's -- if it's acceptable to him in light of the bill, it's acceptable to me. >> reporter: on climate, the clean energy performance plan, we're told on the record by other democrats is now out of the bill. does the final bill have to have -- meet those same emission reductions as was in the original house bill in order for you to accept it? >> you know, the point is to reach the goals. the emission goals of -- i think i said that in my remarks of the 20 -- reduction to 50% by 2030. reduction of 100% by 2050. maybe even ahead of that.
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we have responsibility not only to meet but to beat the paris agreement goals, and we also have a responsibility to help poorer countries with technology and assistance in order for them to meet their goals. those countries are not responsible for very much of the climate crisis, but they are paying a big price because of their vulnerability. i had the privilege of speaking in spain right before covid at the most previous covid 25 session on the vulnerables, and those countries in their own presentations show that they're -- they pay the price sooner than any of us, and yet, they're least responsible for the emissions. so we have that big responsibility. so it isn't about a particular plant. it's about reaching our impoels and how we do it. i feel satisfied the path we're on to do that. >> reporter: the tax question,
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senator sinema from what we understand has opposed increasing corporate and individual tax rates. has she conveyed that to you, and to follow up on the question, could this be fully paid for as you promised, if her view prevails? >> the bill will be fully paid for, and the matter is in the hands of our chairs of the finance committee and the ways and means committee. >> reporter: as she conveyed that position to you? >> her position is well-known. >> reporter: madame speaker, will there be infrastructure -- >> reporter: so far congress has in recent years has relied on referrals and civil suits. why continue to outsource enforcement of congress's own authority to the courts? why not advance the bill to enable congress's inherent contempt authority? >> to advance what bill? >> reporter: the raskin resolution that would enable --
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>> well, we have a protect our democracy legislation which we will be advancing. it's being led by mr. adam schiff, and jamie, all of -- it captures many of those concerns. but we don't take it to court. we subpoena people. they take it to court. but the fact is that we -- that's why we're going to criminal contempt here, because this is -- this goes beyond. >> reporter: it still relies on the discretion of the justice department. >> it does. that's the system of checks and balances, again, you will be seeing in november, i don't have a date that we will be ready to come forward with our protect our democracy legislation. and that captures many of the ideas that members have put forth in that regard. i don't know if the republicans want to protect our democracy. so far we haven't seen a lot of evidence of that, but just in the prospect of maybe one day they think they'll have a
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republican president or we have a democratic president now and they want to protect our democracy from -- >> reporter: i -- >> i want to tell you something. have you read the protect our democracy act? >> reporter: yes. >> then you know it addresses many of the concerns that you have. thank you all very much. >> reporter: madame speaker will there be an infrastructure vote next week? >> and a good thursday morning to you. craig melvin here from msnbc world head quarters in new york city. it's a busy hour there, especially on capitol hill. right now speaker pelosi wrapping up that weekly briefing ahead of a critical vote tied to investigating the deadly insurrection on january 6th. the house is going to be deciding whether to refer steve bannon to the doj for charges of contempt of congress for refusing to cooperate with the house's investigation. if it passes, next steps will be determined by attorney general merrick garland's justice department. as we speak the attorney general
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testifying before the house on a separate issue. we're going to share with you what he just said a few moments ago when he was asked about january 6th, and steve bannon. also less than an hour from now, president biden, vice president harris will be marking the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the martin luther king junior memorial in our nation's capitol. when it starts, we'll take you there. that's not all we're following this hour. there's a crisis in our classrooms. we simply do not have enough teachers in this country. i'll talk to two folks on the front lines of this issue about why, and how to fix it. also ahead, backlash for netflix. employees staging a mass walkout over the streaming giant's handling of a dave chappelle standup featuring comments about the trans community. we start with a full house vote expected this afternoon on whether to refer former trump adviser steve bannon to the department of justice for
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criminal charges of contempt of congress. it's happening because bannon refuses to cooperate with the select committee investigating the january 6th insurrection. lee ann caldwell is following this for us. the january 6th committee members, they're framing this vote as a test for the state of the gop, the committee's only republicans, liz cheney, adam kinzinger, they backed the measure. should we expect any other gop lawmakers to vote yes? >> reporter: we don't know that, craig. we know that republican leadership is not going to vote for it. they've been calling this a witch hunt, and they really upped that in calling it that in the past couple days. we do know that speaker pelosi was just asked about that by garrett haake saying is it important for more republicans to support this? she said well, if they believe in the constitution and the rule of law, then yes, they should vote for it. and then representative adam
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schiff who is on that committee was on msnbc earlier today, and this is how he framed the importance of it. >> -- >> reporter: we might not have that sound. as far as republicans are concerned, there were 10 republicans in the house who voted to impeach the former president after january 6th, and since then there are some who have decided not to run for reelection like representative gonzalez. overs are getting primary challenges and others are getting threatened politically by the former president. politically this is a difficult vote for republicans, but we'll see if they put politics aside and vote in favor of this today. >> stand by. pete williams joins the conversation now. and again, pete, while we wait on this house vote to happen, we have the attorney general merrick garland testifying on
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the hill. this is a standard oversight hearing. this house vote would toss the bannon hot potato to his department, doj. this is what mr. garland said in an exchange with the committee a few moments ago. >> the country and the congress is still reeling from the events of january 6th, and the select committee is diligently pursuing the investigation into the insurrection. this week chairman thompson and his colleagues voted to hold in contempt steve bannon who failed to comply with the select committee subpoenas. the measure will be taken up by the house later today. unfortunately the actions of individuals like mr. bannon are not new to us. many committees including this one repeatedly face obstruction from the prior administration in the form of president's loyal allies. congress, however, is not an enforcement body and looks to the department to handle criminal matters when appropriate. so i ask you, mr. attorney general, regardless of politics, will the department follow the facts and the law and
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expeditiously consider the referrals put forth by the select committee if and when they're approved by the full house? >> the department recognizes the important oversight rule this committee, the house of representatives and the senate play with respect to the executive branch. i will say what spokesperson for the u.s. attorney's office and the district of colombia said i think yesterday or the day before. the house of representatives votes for referral of a contempt charge. the department of justice will do what it always does in such circumstances. it will apply the facts and the law and make a decision consistent with the principles of prosecution. >> all right. so pete, again, the attorney general there. take us through the next possible steps here if bannon is referred for charges. >> i think we can safely predict that that house -- how that house vote will come out. it goes to the u.s. attorney in washington. this is under a federal law that says when congress refers one of
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these contempt citations, the u.s. attorney in the words of the law, shall present it to a grand jury. now, the justice department has traditional viewed that law as discretionary under the belief that the congress can't tell the justice department who to prosecute. but it will be up to the u.s. attorney, and there are several factors weighing i think for and against this. on the one hand, bannon's got a claim of executive privilege here, but it's weak. the biden administration has waived it. executive privilege applied only to a president's official duties, not to possibly discussing how to undercut the election. and bannon wasn't in the white house at the time. so those are all factors that would lean toward charging him with obstruction. on the other hand, there is still some weight to the president's executive privilege claim. it's somewhat diminished because biden isn't honoring, but there's something to it. he could say bannon, that he was acting on the advice of double and some courts have said that's a defense to contempt charges.
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executive privilege is not limited, though justice department said in a 2007 office of legal counsel, two initials in the government, that the whole point is the president wants to get candid at vice from anybody. the other point is the justice department has never before charged anybody with contempt involving a claim of executive privilege. this would set a precedent. that's always something the justice department has to take into consideration. those are some of the things the u.s. attorney's office will have to weigh in making this. but you can bet the attorney general will get involved in this decision. >> i didn't realize that last point, pete, that it's -- it's never happened? there's no precedent? >> no precedent for charging somebody with contempt of congress when there is an assertion of executive privilege. many people have been charged with contempt of congress in the past. but not recently, by the way, and never when there's a claim of executive privilege. those executive privilege claims have involved people in the
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government at a time. so this is an additional complication. >> okay. pete williams helping us make sense of it. pete, thank you. quickly before i let both of you go, i want to flag another moment from this hearing with the attorney general. this is, again, chairman jerry nadler issuing this warning about wearing masks. >> once again, i would remind all members that guidance from the office of attending physicians states face coverings are required for all meetings in enclosed spaces such as committee hearings except when you're recognized to speak, and that means you jim, and marjorie, and matt, and a lot of other people i can't recognize because of distance, et cetera. so please, everyone, observe that rule. >> so, what's the penalty for that? >> reporter: well, i'm not sure about the penalty in a hearing room. but there is a penalty of $500
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for first defense on the house floor and $2500 for a second offense. the matt, marjorie that he was speaking of is matt gaetz and marjorie taylor greene. there might be personal politics in the warning as well. >> i'm assuming the jim was jim jordan? >> reporter: yes. yep. >> on the hill for us following us all. thank you. and a big thanks to pete as well. speaker pelosi just acknowledged the weekly news conference. there could be a significant shift in how democrats are planning to pay for the build back better spending plan. nbc news has learned both the white house and democrats on the hill are considering changing their plan to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations to pay for the measure. senator kyrsten sinema remains opposed to raising tax on the
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wealthy. we learned the opposition is costing her support. five members of her council have stepped down in protest of her policy positions. we showed you the letter they sent her. kelly o'donnell is at the white house following this part of the story. kelly o, the speaker, we just heard a few moments ago, stressed this bill will be paid for no matter what, but take us through this possible shift in plans when it comes to paying for the bill. what are you learning? >> well, good to be with you. of course, when you're having big spending on some new and expanded programs which is the intent of the biden agenda here and democrats in congress, you need a way to pay for it, because there's been a lot of sensitivity among members of the democratic party about saying this would not add to the deficit or would not increase inflation. in the parlance of washington, that it would be paid for. well, raising taxes in key areas is a way to do that. the president has had a red line of no taxes increased on
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individuals who earn less than $400,000 a year. so there was an expectation that democrats would be on board to raise the paid rate, the schedule of taxes for higher earners, and on corporations, raising the corporate tax, and one of the things about kyrsten sinema not making public her issues and demands, something that has been noted many, many times, and is in contrast with joe manchin of west virginia who made some of his areas of issue more public, is that now we know that she opposes that. always look back to someone's home state, arizona which, of course, elected her as a democrat, is also a state with a strong republican history. and she is pushing back on the idea of increasing tax rates for individuals and corporations. so how can democrats proceed? we're told that kyrsten sinema would support things like using the mechanisms of the irs to
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more robustly go after taxes that are currently owed. and to look for other ways that there could be a wealth tax. other kinds of calculations that would not be the simple raising of a rate to bring in additional revenue. democrats also believe that the economic activity that would come from infrastructure and some of the other plans could, in fact, bring in more revenue to the government as a part of improving the economy. but this is a big change in plans for what the president had outlined and what democrats on capitol hill had been expecting. so how that will shake out is still being determined. but consider this a really pivotal change, because democrats typically have been more open to making tax changes, and a rollback some of the trump era tax rates and sort of in the 11th hour of the 11th hour, we're learning that kyrsten sinema whose vote is absolutely
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necessary as is every other democrat in the senate, that she's putting up resistance to this, and they're trying to find another way to do the math. >> you also have to wonder to your point, if the senator from arizona, if she was opposed to raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations, why wait until now to make that position known? >> known publicly. we understand that she has made that position known to the president directly and the white house for some time, and it was in their interest and intent to try to persuade her to a different position. she has not engaged in much public discourse on her must have and must avoid list. so it's an interesting instruction in public negotiating and private negotiating. not a surprise to the white house, but now that i think part of the pressure point at this late stage is they need to make clear what is going to be in and what's going on not in, and so others are being read into that as they look for ways to
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finalize the package. so surprise to us, but not maybe a surprise to the president who trying to change her mind on that. >> to be clear, the size and scope of the president's plan has -- is considerably smaller than it was, and now it would seem as if the way the president is going to pay for that plan has also changed here. kelly o'donnell from the white house. kelly, thanks as always. this morning we are a big step closer to official approval for people to mix and match those covid vaccine doses. but who will the cdc recommend actually get the shots? we'll take a look at that. also major developments in the gabby petito investigation. investigators just found human remains near belongings from gabby petito's missing fiance. e. they need customized car insurance from liberty mutual so they only pay for what they need.
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crews found what appeared to be partial human remains in the same area of a florida reserve as personal belongings of brian laundrie. it's part of the five-week man hunt for gabby petito's fiance. now the fbi identified him as a person of interest. sam brock continues to follow the story from florida. i understand there was a news conference that wrapped up a short time ago. did he learn anything new? >> reporter: no. if i had to pick a word, i would
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say bizarre. he described the totopography, water moccasins, water snakes, alligators. nothing material to the investigation. what it means partial human remains or where we stand with the timeline in discovering if the remains are brian laundrie. the police chief for north port, that is where we are, this jurisdiction, he was there. and just said thanks very much for being here for all the help we're getting from the community, and they left for the second time in 24 hours. a press conference where they took no questions. you can only imagine there's still a cloud of ambiguity hanging over this. when will we find out what it means about the human remains? and how long could it be? expert are saying it might be 48
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hours or less. if it were a body, you would think authorities would have said we have found a body. brian laundrie had multiple tattoos. he would have been identifiable that way. that's not what we've heard. there are alligators back there. in what state would the body have been? how decomposed would the body have been? these are all critical questions. no one is answering any of them. we also note authorities said the partial remains were found next to belongings of brian laundrie. a notebook and backpack. his attorney said it was a dry bag that was found. didn't get into any of the contents. it was found by brian's father off the trial after they flagged investigators the night before and met them here the next day. went back there and found the belongings. >> not to get too macabre, but can we characterize the remains at all, sam? >> reporter: we'd like to. we're hearing potentially some
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details about what they might entail, but until that's more shored up, we can't really report it. but i will say that is the key question here, because it just is going to provide more information on how long it will take to identify them. if this is not brian laundrie, then this is going to force folks to have to restart the entire process. we've been out here. there's a ton of attention on this. understandably. the details at this point are sparse. >> sam brock for us there in florida with the latest. sam, thank you. we'll check in with you later. meanwhile the fda has officially given the okay to mix and match covid boosters. so who is eligible for the shots? those details, next. those details, next. age-related macular degeneration may lead to severe vision loss, so the national eye institute did 20 years of clinical studies on a formula found in preservision. if it were my vision, i'd ask my doctor about preservision. it's the most studied eye vitamin brand. if it were my vision, i'd look into preservision preservision areds 2 contains the exact nutrient formula
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>> you know, craig, i think this is a wise decision. i'm eager to know what the cdc decides. we anticipate that this will be very much aligned with what the cdc recommends. this decision is long-awaited and long-anticipated. we know many countries including the uk, canada, and italy, have been mixing and matching for a long time with good results. we know that mixing and matching leads to a more robust immune response, and especially with the winter coming, that's incredibly important. >> why does it lead to a more robust immune response? explain that for us. >> so what we think happens is that when we mix and match vaccines, it creates a broader immune response. what we're seeing with early evolving data is, for example, with johnson & johnson, getting the second dose of the johnson & johnson vaccine leads to a four-fold increase versus adding the mrna vaccine to an existing dose of johnson & johnson
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vaccine can lead to a 76 fold increase. >> instead of recommending it, it sounds like perhaps they should suggest it. no? >> i think that what's likely going to happen with the cdc is that the recommendations from the cdc are going to be very much aligned. at this time the fda has suggested that 15 million americans who receive the johnson & johnson vaccine are eligible and should receive the booster with an mrna hopefully an mrna based on the data, and then for those who received the mrna vaccines, if they're over the age of 65 or 18 to 64 with preexisting medical condition or high exposure, which, by the way, that's about 60% of the population in the ages of 18 to 64. that's a very large number of people who will soon be eligible for boosters hopefully as early as this weekend. >> i want to tell you something we've discussed before on the show.
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this mysterious covid-related inflammation in kids. multisystem inflammatory syndrome. doctors still searching for a cause. so far more than 5200 kids have been diagnosed with it. we've seen it in kids with the hospital about a month after they were infected with covid. how dangerous is it and why is it so hard to figure out what's causing it? >> this is a very dangerous phenomenon. like you mentioned, 5,000 children out of 6 million who have been infected with covid have gotten this multisystem syndrome. so it's a very low number. less than 1% of children get inflicted with this. of that less than 1%, 80% need icu level care including mechanical ventilation. this is a conundrum and something we're trying to work out. this syndrome typically occurs one month out, though as early as two weeks. and what's interesting about this is that it is not
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correlated with the severity of acute infection. so children can have a mild covid illness, or asymptomatic covid illness and still get this multisystem disease. all the more reason to vaccinate children who are eligible and for children who are not eligible, vaccinate the adults around them. >> doctor, thank you. thanks so much for your time, and your insight as well. appreciate you. major backlash for netflix from inside the company. employees walking out over the controversial dave chappelle special. some of the streaming giant's biggest stars say they stand with the workers. we're going to take a look at the response. first, though, a few minutes from know. the president and vice president will pay tribute to dr. martin luther king junior at the 10th anniversary of the mlk memorial in washington d.c. they're honoring the civil rights icon moments after the senate republicans fill buster a voting rights bill. >> we're not going to give up.
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i screwed up up. what's the netflix co-ceo said when asked about the handling of the controversy surrounding dave chappelle's "the closer". pleas protested the special and the company's refusal to stop streaming the special. protesters argue that dave chappelle's special promotes bigotry and hatred against transgender people. one star tweeted out support of the protests wednesday saying in part, quote, i stand with every employee at netflix using their voice to ensure a safe and supportive environment. nbc's steve patterson went to the walkout wednesday and has
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more. >> reporter: netflix employees walking out of the company's hollywood office after weeks of internal backlash. >> if you're satire is pushing down, you're a bully. >> reporter: employees upset over the handling of dave chappelle's special "the closer" which focuses on his relationship with trans. >> we didn't care what dave chappelle was doing something you come for our community. >> reporter: the co-ceo said it would lead no no real world harm. >> he did not feel it amounted to hate speech. >> reporter: a variety reporter broke the story and spoke to him hours before the walkout. the ceo saying obviously i screwed up that internal communication. i should have led with a lot more humanity.
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i had a group of employees that were feeling pain and hurt from the decision we made. protest organizers released a list of demands. but it's unclear what the company's next steps will be. >> i think netflix is going to have to put the money where its mouth is. >> reporter: a controversial unfolding within the media giant, forced to listen to its workers. steve patterson, nbc news, los angeles. >> steve, thank you. kids in some school districts being sent home to do remote learning. it's not because of a covid outbreak. they're physically -- there aren't enough teachers. we're going to check in with two districts dealing with the teacher shortage and the struggles for schools all across the country, next. ss the country, next. when you're driving a lincoln, stress seems to evaporate into thin air. which leaves us to wonder, where does it go? does it get tangled up in knots?
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don't use if you're allergic to dupixent. serious allergic reactions can occur including anaphylaxis, which is severe. tell your doctor about new or worsening eye problems, such as eye pain or vision changes, or a parasitic infection. if you take asthma medicines don't change or stop them without talking to your doctor. talk to your doctor about dupixent. they protect our kids. they mold their minds and right now there are not enough of them. teachers are in short supply in this pandemic. and it's having a major impact on schools all over the country. look at this headline from the mansfield news journal in ohio this week. a teacher shortage forced mansfield senior high school to take what the superintendent described as a calamity day. it had to close entirely because there were not enough substitutes to effectively operate. meanwhile in michigan, the detroit free press reported a staffing shortage that forced
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east point middle school to switch to online learning for a week. and a local cbs station in north texas reports massive shortages there. no teachers. no subs. and even no cafeteria workers. quote, some schools are combining classrooms with double the number of students and office staff workers and administrators are pulling double duty subbing in classes. i want to bring in lincoln stocks, the president of the east point federation of educators. it's a union in michigan, and lincoln, in your district, as i mentioned, east point middle school, i understand you had to switch to online learning for a week. there weren't enough bodies to put in front of students. how much of a toll is this taking on the teachers who are showing up under these new circumstances? >> thank you for having me. it's taking a terrible toll on our staff. for the most part, they're doing just exactly as you've read in the different examples there. we have people that are not
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getting an opportunity to have their preparation time. they're working double shifts. they're combining classrooms. we have administrators and counselors and support staff all in classrooms in order to put a qualified adult and certified adult in front of as many kids as possible, and it's difficult to be able to fill those classrooms, and it's difficult to meet the needs of the kids when we do that, especially when we're going for that wrap around service. >> let's talk about the y for a moment here, lincoln. what do we know about the root causes of the shortage. why can't we get more teachers in classrooms? >> it's not a first-time thing. it's not a new thing. we've been warning folks about this for a long time. there's really three things that it boils down to. first, funding. for years we haven't had equitable funding. compensation as a result has lagged behind other professions that are commensurate with our education. it's a failure of supporting teacher with a focus on standardized testing.
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we're not able to bring in mentorships were new teachers or meaningful professional development. and a reduction of teacher voice in their opportunity to have a seat at the table when making decisions about education matters. all those things lead to burn t. and we add on the layers that covid created. and that puts us in a position where teachers are making decisions to move to more lucrative positions, and it has been happening for a long time. our support staff, our bus drivers, the whole bit, they're all suffering the same way. >> i get the lack of pay, and the lack of support. i come from a long line of teachers in my family and i have been hearing that for years. we know that to be true. we don't pay teachers nearly what they're worth. the third reason is reduction of teacher voice, what do you mean by that? >> there has been a long trend of trying to move educators and
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opportunities to have a seat at the table to say this is where we need to focus. this is how curriculums should be designed. we have a lot of people not necessarily educators that are trying to make the educational decisions in the classroom for how we should proceed. and we take out the opportunity for teachers to organize efficiently and do different things and ultimately just try to cut the teachers voice out of the process. and people don't feel their being heard. it's at a local level. my district has been pretty good. the state and national level, we have to struggle for every opportunity to have input into those conversations. and it frustrates teachers and students are not being serviced when the professionals that are trained at this are not making that decision about how that policy should affect them. >> teachers voices being usurped
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by people with no background in education. thank you, we will continue this conversation. the teacher shortage is not going away any time soon. meanwhile the growing controversy of what is being taught in classrooms is coming to a head in one texas community especially. one principal there at the center of the fire storm is speaking out. antonia has the story. he prepares to defend himself in a public hearing texas. >> i am pained that i can't be with the students every day. >> he has been suspended after accusations that he was pushing
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critical race theory on the students. texas is one of algt states banning the teaching of critical race theory. some can it can make white students feel guilty. >> we should be teaching american pride, not to be hating each other. >> but critical race theory was never taught by dr. whitfield or anyone else at the school. >> they fired the best principal that any of us have ever had in our entire life. >> state senator brian hughes is the author of senate bill 3. >> we're not going to teach that one race is inherently superior or inferior or one sex is inferior or superior. we're not going to teach that. >> when you look at what is happening around the state you don't think any of this went off of the rails? >> people need to focus on what is in the bill, not other
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states, not what they heard, not things like that. >> the grapevine-colleyville cool district says he violated his contract. >> they say it is nothing about critical race theory. they promoted me twice in the last three years, what changed? >> every morning he takes his son to school where just a few weeks ago he was the principal. >> it's defeating to drive back home. it feels like i'm missing out on doing what i have been called to do. >> that was antonia hilton in texas. you can catch more streaming tonight on peacock. and this sunday you can watch "civil war." a really fascinating documentary
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about the roots of division in the united states from executive producers brad pit and henry lewis gates junior. the original film offers an intimate look at how race, heritage, tradition, and geography shape our beliefs and the different cays that americans portray the story of our civil war as well as the story that's we refuse to tell. the civil war, sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern only on msnbc. we're expecting to hear president biden and vice president harris speaking. the crowds have gathered, the choir is singing. we'll take you there. first, a dad that launched a business with two adult children that both have special needs. the sweet story about how and why they did it. next.
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october marks down syndrome awareness month. we're learning about one personal connection that one dad has made with his children. to do it he joined forces with two of his children, both born with down sin drop.
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>>. >> why it was so important for you to do this with them? >> what is their life going to be like in the next faze? it also becomes more responsibility for us as parents to say what can we do to allow them to add some value to society nap is very important to us a as parents. >> way to go, they saw more than 10,000 treats. that is going to do it for me this our, andrea mitchell report starts right now. right now we're waeting for president biden and vice president harris speaking at the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the martin luther


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