>> live from new york city, i'm tony harris. constitutionally clear, president obama makes his case for nominating a supreme court justice for scalley a and the lead singer of the band who witnessed the massacre in paris. the pope's immigration, and what it means. changing lives, and an entire school district. my conversation with a
superintendent who is truly awe inspiring. >> the president no more is nominating someone to fill scalia's place on the supreme court. and he said that there's plenty of time. mike has it. >> reporter: the passing of justice, scalia, the president praised the jurist. and it came today, holding a wrap-up press conference, the first question, about this controversy over as you reported, tony, very
forthright. in the aftermath of that shocking news. a constructionist in the constitution, suing somehow the president in his last year in office, his eighth year in office does not have the right to fulfill that constitutional responsibility. as far as who he is nominating, the president would not tip his hand in public. >> we're going to find somebody who is an outstanding legal mind, somebody who cares deeply about our democracy and rule of law. there's not going to be any particular position on a particular issue that determines whether or not i nominate them, but i'm going to present somebody who indisputably is qualified for the seat.
and any fair minded person who disagreed with my politics can serve with honor and pregnant iy on the court. >> the president is required to get 14 republicans to break a filibuster, and that's a very high bar, and it's unlikely, but there's wavering now among some of the top republicans in the senate. grassley, who chaired the nomination through the hearings and the senate and hold the first vote. he is wavering and says that he wants to see who the president nominates before holding hearings, and others say that they refuse to had attend a hearing already there should not be a vote in any way, shape or form. >> there were other questions. what did mr. obama have to say
about the presidential race? >> the president doesn't want to put his thumb on the scale, on the democratic sides, the dust off between hilliary clinton or bernie sanders now, who is more loyal or disloyal to president obama, and he dismissed that controversy. he said that the candidates disagree on the major issues and to differentiate each other in a tough primary season. really kicking out after donald trump. >> i continue to believe that mr. trump last name be president, and the reason is because i have a lot of faith in the american people. and i think they recognize that being president is a serious job. it's not hosting a talk show or a reality show, it's not promotion. it's not marketing. it's hard.
>> president obama says that he has faith the american people won't put the nuclear codes or the right to send a young man or woman into combat in the form of sending donald trump to the white house. >> mike viqueira, thank you. president obama was also asked about syria during the news conference, and he said that he's under no illusion that's the cessation of hostilities will bring lasting peace. jamie mcintyre reports from the pentagon. >> tony, the idea is that the temporary pause in the fighting would allow for food and he medicine for desperate syrians, and possibly laying the ground work for more enduring seeps fire when the peace talks resume in geneva next week, but now with the help of russian air power, forces it in favor of bashar al-assad are making big gains on the ground. the latest video posted on
social media shows the syrian army's advance on aleppo. once a rebel stronghold and syria's largest city. before years of fighting drew much of the population away. over head, a russian jet appears to drop cluster bombs, unguided munition condemned by the u.s. for combat because it can cause inscrip at casualties. they also accuse russia of bombing a doctors without borders hospital in northern syria. reducing it to a pile of rubble and killing at least seven doctors and patients. the u.s. said no coalition planes were operating in the area at the time. and while the u.s. stopped short of labeling the strike a war crime, they called it absolutely horrific while brushing aside russia's denials. >> we're pretty confident that had it was russia that carried
out the strikes. >> reporter: should appello fall, it would all but level the hopes of bashar al-assad, and fuel the criticism that the agreement associated by secretary of state john kerry in munich, simply played right into the hands of russian president, vladimir putin. >> we have seen this movie before, russia presses it's advantage militarily, creates new facts on the ground, uses denial and delivery of humanitarian aid as a bargaining chip, and negotiations agreement to lock in the spoils of war, and chooses when to resume fighting. this is diplomacy in the service of military aggression. >> reporter: president obama disputes the idea he has been out fox bid russian president putin, arguing that putin has wandered into a costly quagmire that over time will draining russia's resources with little
strategic value. >> what is it that russia thinks it gains if it gets a country that has been completely destroyed as an ally? that it now has to spend billions of dollars to prop up. that's not at a great price. >> reporter: the pentagon says that the greet does not affect its war against isil, and the u.s. forces will play no role in differing aid for russian attacks. >> we have not been asked to provide that role at this point, and we think that there's a need for that aid to make it to the people who desperately need it. and that's what this cessation of hostilities will attest. >> when you say no plans for military action, do you think that the people of syria are going to think why on earth not? >> again, gary, it's something that we have not been asked to do at this point. >> meanwhile in an address
carried out by the state run news agency, president assad seemed as defiant as every, and said cryptically, if it happened, it doesn't mean that each party will stop using weapons. the pentagon is portraying the negotiations with the russians as a test to see if moscow with deliver on its promises, but according to senator mccain, it has already failed. he said this week that the only thing about president putin, his appetite is growing. >> all right, jamie mcintyre for us. four american journalists repeated in bahrain on sunday have left the country. documentary worker, anna day and her camera crew were detained while filming a protest. in be recent days, they have taken to the streets to mark the arab spring protests. and also, three contractors in
iraq, gunmen kidnapped them from a private apartment in baghdad. the state officials thanked the iraqi government for helping to secure their freedom, but they are protesting them leaving iraq. headed to court, demanding jail time for one of the executives blamed for a disastrous chemical spill there last year. the toxic leak poisoned the water supply for hundreds of thousands of residents, and it put a ban on tap war for the west virginia's capital of charleston. >> reporter: in january of 2014, 10,000 gallons of tox chemicals used to clean coal spilled into the elk river in west virginia. frustrated citizens took to the streets as 300,000 people were ordered not to drink from the
water supply. jennifer caruse was nine months pregnant at the time. >> we didn't have water in the house because it didn't taste right or smell right. >> reporter: she and her family did not drink the water, and after the cdc issued a caution for pregnant women, she was more worried. >> we got the thumbs up that the water was safe in my community, and 48 hours went by, and knowing that the public is consuming this water, that's really concerning me. >> because of the abundance of caution recommended by the cdc, aljazeera hired an environmental consulting company to take samples at jennifer's home. the testing came up negative for methanol, that spilled into the river. other residents like michelle and her two daughters boil tap water to bathe. they use bottled water to drink
and brush their teeth. and they wonder when the chemical smell in the air will go away. >> it's highly stressful and mentally exhausting. you don't know what to do because we have had so many mixed messages. >> better in spent thousands of dollars on medical bills, experiencing the nausea and itchy eyes that so many people have reported. >> i've been sick and been on antibiotics for two weeks. >> reporter: feeling the pressure from the public, west virginia's governor had pipes of tested in homes for the chemical. but for many residents, that was not enough. >> i think that many people are upset, upset by legislators who saw the devastation that was wrought by the leak. and we are the people whose lives were interrupted. our whole economy was at a standstill. we were worried about our health. >> reporter: robert from aljazeera america, have you had
the chance to talk to the many residents -- >> we're not going to be commenting to the media at this point. >> reporter: i have to keep asking. >> in august of 2014, gary southern and five other executives pled guilty to three federal pollution charges. >> i believe that the only true deterrent in these sorts of cases is to send the message that if you engage in this sort of conduct, you're exposed to jail time. executives are used to writing checks for things. they're not used to checking their three piece suit. >> mr. sother land, are you a criminal? >> reporter: so far, five of the next officials who pled guilty have been not sentenced. put on probation, ordered to pay fines, and one order to serve jail time, 30 days. today, the result of a similar had disaster would lead to almost identical effects on the
community. and last week, a federal judge slapped freedom industries with a $900,000 criminal fine for the chemical spill, but the judge said that the bankrupt company is unlikely to ever pay the penalty, and the move was symbolic. >> gary southern, the president of the defunct industries s. scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow. if anything goes like his successors, the five other executives, don't expect a real harsh situation that the judge will put on him. don't expect a lot of jail time, expect a minimal fine, ands this something that the 300,000 people in the charleston area that went without water, they're not liking so much. >> what's the reaction from the folks impacted by all of this? >> well, let me be completely honest. this is what we heard two years
ago when we were asking that exact question. we were asking people, the business owners and the residents, do you expect things to really change after all of this? and many shrugged their shoulders and said, probably not. it's just the status quo here in the valley in west virginia. >> robert ray, let's talk about this. three days of streaming weather, we're talking about tornadoes in the south, record-breaking lows in the northeast. and on top of that, we're expecting february temperatures to be well above average for the northern plains later this week. kevin, walk us through all of this. >> it has been a crazy last couple of days. i think that i have had every weather scenario to talk about. 26 tornadoes across parts of mississippi as well as into florida. all with the system right here. i want to take you into florida, because that's where we have been watching this line of thunderstorms, the last of the thunderstorms pushed through. but i want to show you right
there along the beach of south florida, this is what we saw with those tornadoes that came through. a lot of damage across the region as you can see right there. one tornado, jfk to the west on monday night, there was any ef-3 tornado, with i understand over 135 miles per hour. a lot of damage, and during rush hour, but no injuries reported with these. i want to take you up to parts of carolina. they had a lot of activity as well. when this came through, a lot of damage, as well as a tornado opt outer banks, and then quickly, i want to take you up toward new york because i want to show you all of the snow that we have seen out here in the west of new york. particularly in rochester. look here. this is what they were dealing with from last night to this morning, 22 inches of snow accumulated there. other parts of delaware, not so much the snow, but the freezing rain that was the big problem
there. i want to show you one more thing on the weather wall. the last part of the storm, the winds gusting to 43 miles per hour right now in boston. bad day. >> you're not kidding. you have everything to talk about. all right, kev, appreciate it. and up next on the program, an emotional response to the paris attacks. one of the band members who played at the bataclan speaks out, what he said about the fatality show and gun control. and plus, the refugee crisis, and the growing concerns about protecting them.
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>> >> iran is dashing hopes. teheran is saying that it may not join a deal. russia and saudi arabia made this morning. the two nations agreed to freeze production to january levels but only if other to producers agree to do as well. saudi arabia is saying that the goal is to keep markets stable. >> we don't want gyrations in prices, we don't want production -- we want to meet demand, and we want a stable oil price. >> venezuela and qatar have agreed to the pact.
the deal will be the first in years. the primaries, donald trump is suspected to win in south carolina, so just like in new hampshire is shaping up to be a battle for second place, so let's bring in aljazeera's lisa stark, who is live in casey, south carolina, and lisa, nothing but a love fest going on there between the candidates in south carolina, right? >> oh, yeah, sure, tony, i think that you're looking at the wrong channel. we're at a kasich event here, ohio governor, john kasich, and you can see standing room only crowd. he's trying to stay positive, and he has urged his fellow republicans to stop the insults, but this is a state known for its rough and tumble politics, and this is no exception. republicans continue to duke it out in the first.
south contest. just one day after his brother, george w. bush appeared on his behalf, jeb appeared outside of a gun manufacturer in columbia to make his case for the presidency. >> i have a proven record of lect ability. >> he also had his brother stump for him. >> he is a person of integrity and he shares south carolina values, and it's great that he came and i think that it made a difference. >> but the man in the lead in the polls, donald trump, came out swinging, going on criticism of the former president. >> he kept the country safe after 9-1-1? i was there, and i had a lot of friends killed in that building. the worst attack ever in this country. it was during his presidency. >> trump also continued to take aim at his republican rivals,
namely ted cruz. >> i've never seen anybody that lied as much as ted cruz. he goes around saying that he's a christian? i don't know, you have to study that. >> reporter: trump has threatened to sue cruz, accusing him of lying on trump's position on gun rights and the affordable care act. >> operates from two checklist. the bible and the united nations constitution, and that is senator cues >> reporter: at a rally at a national guard armory, he made a patriotic appeal to voters in a state with a heavy military presence, promising a dramatic increase in equipment if he's in the white house. >> people will be forgiven this election season for forgetting at times it seems like a bit of a circus. i can't imagine why anyone would think that.
but the time for frivolity is over. the time for games is over. we need a leader who is prepared to be commander in chief. >> reporter: cruz supporters who mobbed the candidate after his rally liked what they heard. >> if he's consistent, and conservative, and he has the courage to do what we need him to do, to make america strong like it used to be. >> cruz is locked in a fight for second place with marco rubio. both are courting the large evangelical south carolina vote. >> i want to protect you because you have the right to protect yourself, your family, from terrorists and criminals. >> reporter: as we said, it appears that the polls suggest that donald trump will be the winner here in south carolina. at least that's what it looks like right now, four days out,
but ted cruz and marco rubio, they're in a dead heat at 28%. so the really battle will be for second place, which will give the candidates some bragging rights for sure. >> senator cruz did so well with evangelical voters in iowa, and are we expecting the same there in south carolina in. >> well, you know, there's a huge population of evangelical voters here. 64% of those who went to the polls in the last republican primary identified as evangelicals, and he's expect to get the most conservative among them, but some are supporting donald trump and marco rubio is trying to siphon some off as well. >> how is governor kasich doing in south carolina? >> well, this crowd likes him. they have been plowing and laughing, but this is not a sweet spot for them. he's too modern for most of the republican voters here, and
he's expected to pick up a few delegatees until he gets to the midwestern states. and until this morning, he was campaigning in michigan and then back to south carolina. >> lisa stark, south carolina, and now to the democratic race. the latest poll shows saturday's democratic caucus is now a dead heat. that was a change from earlier numbers with hilliary clinton having a huge lead. but both hilliary clinton and bernie sanders appear to be focusing on south carolina like republicans: that is a huge for the african-american community. >> we're going to talk about justice, and talk about the police department reform. we're going to end a situation with people, often african-americans are killed while in police custody. >> if i'm elected president, we will direct hundreds of billions of dollars in new
investments to places like harlem and rural south carolina. >> so both candidates plan at least one more visit to nevada before saturday's caucus votes. up next, looking for families in one of america's most violent cities amid the pope's message, and tourism in cuba, is the country ready for the visitors?
championing the rights of families divided by the border. he encouraged priests in dangerous areas to fan out and fight violent crime. and he's expected to address 5.6 million undocumented immigrants living in the united states. heidi jo castro is joining us from juarez, and how significant is the location where the pope will speak? >> the pope will be here, right on the u.s.-mexican border, and in fact, he will send this on the juarez side, and he will bless the texas side, which is just over the border fence. you can see it's less than a stone's throw away from where i'm standing, and in fact, they will be seated in front of the train. the pope's presence at the bored senior significant. his message is one of inclusion and unity, and it's a deeply meaningful message to wanted families separated by this
border. for seven years, the monteses have been a family divided. [ speaking spanish ] half of the family members this photo live across the border in juarez, mexico, and they live here near the u.s. border city of las cruses, new mexico, they haven't seen their three children and grandchildren in mexico since the couple decided to out stay their visa in 2018, becoming authorized immigrants. >> my life was full. i had everything in juarez, but i had to leave. >> they left mexico after receiving death threats from a gang. they owned a grocery store and had targeted due to their relative wealth. and now they live in a trailer, survive on his job be washing
be dishes. >> we can hardly afford food, seeing the doctor. they have daily phonecalls with their daughter in juarez. without papers, they can't make the 50-mile journey across the border to see her in person. but we can. knocthe montes children grew up here on the out skirts of juarez, and now she's helping to raise her nephew, who has never met his grandparents. >> it's very difficult to not have contact, to not have them or tell them i love you. >> today juarez remains a dangerous place. we're just blocks from the family's home, and there, between those two trucks, another body in the streets, these neighborhoods still dominated by the cartel violation. >> juarez said that it's too
risky for her parents to return to juarez. >> there's so much violence here, murders, gangs, owning a business is too dangerous, my parent's safety is more important. [ speaking spanish ] >> without a way for either side to legally cross the border, the family's one chance to meet face-to-face is here. at this spot, the border fence is all that separates mexico from the united states and the two sides of the montes family. [ speaking spanish ] the family is catholic, they say that they hope that the pope's visit to the border will draw attention to the suffering brought about by the immigration status.
in 2015, 2,000 immigrant parents were separated from their parents by deportation, a situation that the monteses can relate to. >> i'm happy, but i have a sadness deep inside of me because i want to be with my children. >children. >> i want the pope to touched hearts of america's leaders. we need reforms so many families can be together again. >> reporter: for now, martha tells her mother not to cry. this is the closest they have come to an embrace. seven years and counting. >> and tony, tomorrow, pope francis will be here, seeking to bridge the families separate bid the border between the wealthiest country in the world and one of the poorest. in fact, the pope has previously said that his hope is that mexico full tills it's own potential so that the young people won't have to leave it in order to find opportunity.
>> heidi, i wonder how big, how large will authorities allow the group on the american side of the border to be? i imagine that it could get to be pretty sizeable. >> reporter: that was actually the fear, tony. the authorities on the el paso side have limited the audience that will be here receiving pope francis' blessing to just a select few that will fit in the small viewing area, and fact, the rest of the viewing area on the american side will be closed for security reasons, and instead, there will be tickets to watch the pope's message on video screen. >> the pope doing something pretty provocative. heidi joe castro. eagles of def metal, highlighted in paris for the first time. since the attack in paris at thebatbataclan, more than 1450
killed and others injured. the concert at the limp pia theater. the bataclan remains closed. and the frontman said that the attack has not changed his views about guns. hughes spoke out in an interview with french television before tonight's concert. >> it doesn't have anything to do with it, but did your french gun control stop a single [ bleep ] person from dying at the bataclan? i think that the only thing that stopped it were some of the bravest men i've seen in my life charging held first into the face of death with their firearms. >> hughes said that he felt the responsibility to finish the show that was interrupted by the attack, and the band has received had support since then. more on the thousands of refugee children.
many have become the victims of human traffickers. in june, they met with one child that made the journey from iran to sweden alone and afraid. >> reporter: this may look like simple childhood fun, but for hussein, neither laughter nor levity come easy. reminded constantly of that awful journey. >> reporter: i was scared, but i was so tired of the life that i had, i didn't think about the risks. >> originally from afghanistan, hussein, his identity that we're hiding for protection, set out for iran at the age of 14. alone and afraid, he paid smugglers what he could. by 15, he made it to sweden, where he spent months in a transit camp before finally being placed here at the city's lighthouse center. there are 14 unaccompanied
refugee children residing here, but that hardly makes it more now than before. an increase in anti-immigration sentiment in sweden, and with that, arson attacks targeting shelters just like this. now the locations of these centers are no longer made public. aid workers tell us that it's not just want threat of violence that the kids have to worry about. >> criminality, they are without the legal guardians, and also, trafficking, pedophiles, we have had some reports of it. >> at a time when thousands of unaccompanied minors have reportedly gone missing in europe, it's getting harder and harder to make sure that the children stay safe. >> we can not have permission for them, what they do in their spare time. because it's an open camp, and they can go and come almost as they please. >> like other children living here, hussein chose sweden
because of the country's immigration status and bringing over people under 18 granted asylum. he lost contact with his parents and siblings over a year ago, and while he has applied for asylum, he still doesn't know if it will be granted. >> i am afraid of what will happen to me if they send me back to afghanistan. one of my brothers was killed and the other was kidnapped. >> despite the efforts to brighten the mood at the house, it has been hard to keep it at bay. >> when you're a refugee, you don't have the time to process everything, but when you come here to these caverns, then you have your own room, you are alone in the room. and you think about everything. >> in hussein's room, the atmosphere seems as bleak as his outlook. >> i can't sleep well. i have nightmares, i go to see psychologist for these problems, but i think about all
of the traveling i did just to get to sweden. >> now, even at the shelter, hukane's desperation only grows deeper as he wonders when and if this harrowing pilgrimage will finally come to an end. >> the united states and cuba today signed on the dotted line to allow commercial flights between the nations. u.s. transportation immediately invited the airlines to apply for up to 110 daily round trip flights. but even before the deal was signed, the tourism boom in cuba had already taken off. natasha has more on that. >> reporter: like most cubans, richard solare cannot afford to travel, but he says that he's still seeing the world, with each tourist he meets. he gets horse-drawn carriage rides on the streets of old
havana. with more americans and a wave of foreign investment arrives, he said this cuba in a time capsule won't wash away. >> there's nobody like the cubans. not a mcdonald's or a kentucky fried chicken is going to change cubans, that's a lie. >> tourism is a primary source of income. when president obama announced the regulations in 2014, it was like opening a flood gate. last year, the visitors rose from 3 to 3 and a half million. cuba is struggling to keep one the demand. the airports and the infrastructure are in desperate need of expansion. there are not enough hotel rooms, so the rates keep rising. >> it's a shame. they will suffer for so many. we will struggle. because you do not change that
reality. >> jesus is capitalizing on the moment. for almost 20 years, he and his family have rented rooms to tour resists. he is hoping that the government will loosen restrictions and allow people to own more than one house. >> i think that it's the best moment to open. one of the things that we have, a lot of cooperation now. >> the people we spoke with say they're confident the government will divide a strategy to develop the country without overshadowing what makes it distinctive. >> hello, sir. >> whether it's next year or the next ten years, they are guaranteed to experience the cubano spirit. natasha genaim, aljazeera, havana, cuba. >> hawaii has become the latest state to take emergency
measures to stop mosquitoes that stop it disease. >> reporter: hawaii's governor calls it a presentive measure, a state of emergency to deal with mosquitoes carrying dengue feature, and possibly the zika virus. >> hawaii has a lot of travelers that come from all over the world, including places where dengue is very very prevalent. and it has a lot of dwells withstanding water. >> more than 250 cainses of dengue fever have been detected in hawaii over the last several months ago. most of them are hawaii residents. two dozen are visitors z.46 are children under 1. >> in many many ways, dengue fever is much more serious than zika. it kills thousands of people every year. it's a disease that's spread by the same mosquito. it causes fever, muscle aches, pains, rash, and it also has
skier forms that can include going into shock and hemorrhaging. >> reporter: the mosquito that carries dengue is linked to the zika virus. more than 50 cases in the continental u.s. so far have been acquired by travel. but it has been contracted legally in puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands. >> it would not be surprising at all if just like chicken and dengue, we do see isolated clusters of locally transmitted zeek a >> reporter: in hawaii, the officials say that the state is still safe to visit. and the number of dengue cases is on the decline. but they're trying to break the cycle of transmission. former u.n. secretary beautgalley has died. he served starting in 199 2.
truly inspiring story last night about a school superintendent who helped to turn a failing district in missouri into a successful one. we'll speak live with tiffany anderson in a moment. but first, a look at her remarkable story. >> reporter: you see the crossing guard back there? she's almost single-handedly transformed one of the worst school districts in the state of missouri. >> awesome, see you later. >> just try to keep pace with tiffany anderson, the school superintendent in jennings, missouri. she never stops moving through every school in the district. >> good morning. >> when she roared into town four years ago, the school district was without accreditation. $2 million in a hole, and seemingly without hope in this mostly black, poor suburb. >> this work is about serving children well and serving people well. this work is about transforming communities in ways that people
thought not possible. >> reporter: and transform she did. anderson helped to establish a food pantry in the district. a student homeless shelter, a foundation that dolls out clothes, food and school supplies, both low tech and high-tech on a continuous basis, and she has established access to a doctor in the schools, and reestablished music and fine arts in the it district. >> from birth all the way through college, we make sure that we're there with our families. >> grants are pouring in, test scores are up. and the district is accredited again, and it's back in the black. >> sometimes we dream, and we don't put it into reality. but you dream and you make it work. >> reporter: when she's not shaping up an entire school district, anderson is popping into classrooms to substitute teach, or handing out food at the food pantry, or helping students with their most basic
need of all, getting to class. >> and that is tiffany anderson, and i wanted you on this program and so glad that we could make this happen. superintendent anderson, let me ask you this. you believe that high poverty schools can perform at a high-level. and i want to know why this is the case, because i reported for years now on teachers and it districts and superintendents throwing up their hands frustrated, suspending kids, putting them in special education. what is it that you see in these children that maybe others who wouldn't think of taking on such a challenge perhaps don't see? >> well, it's not only that i believe that it can happen, i know it can happen because i've been part of witnessing it in multiple districts. look, we have 100% free/reduced lunch students, and with that, a 93% four year graduation
rate. and much of what we do is serve people well. and we make sure that we recruit the best and brightest teachers, and the teachers we have, we provide support. but most importantly, we serve the basic needs of kids. it sounds such, but food, shelter, clothes, whatever they need. a pediatrician, we provide that. schools are the center of the community. and if you don't do that, you're not going to be able to transform a school. >> it's not happening in places like charleston, i grew up in baltimore, it was not happening when i was a kid, and not now, and why is it working for you and not working in those other districts? >> look, here's what i know. resources will always be small in schools, and standards will be high. so you can whine about what you don't have, or use what you have well. and we believe in using what we have well. i guarantee in the district that you mentioned, there's likely a school or two or more
achieving at high levels and we don't necessarily know their story, so for jennings, we appreciate you telling our story. it's not just me, but the people in jennings, the collective energy. all i've done is show a pathway and geared them in the right direction, but the people in the community, demanding excellence in education are making it happen every day. >> you said that the best disrupter of poverty is excellent education. >> education is the one thing that you can't take away, so really, to make any change possible, it's really through education. for us, we look at all of the barriers that keep kids from achieving at high levels so it's about removing those, we have a washer and dryer in every school. parents can wash a load and change for voluntarism. 4,000 families we serve, mental
health therapists, anything that we need to make higher education possible with our students, we're going to make it happen. we can't use excuses. kids don't have time for it, and as a nation, we can't stand by and watch poverty continue to grow. >> so superintendent, you mentioned the word barriers a moment ago, and reading, reading, reading. how important, how key is the reading piece in what you do for these kids with impoverished backgrounds? >> reading is critical, it's a gateway skill. you have to make sure that young people are reading. we know that childhood is important so we invest dollars for t the state may not fully fund t. but we rearrange our budget and. so reading is critical. one of the things that we do, and it may not be popular, but any teacher that has the
privilege to serve our children, they have to take an assess many. 75% of the staff failed that assessment. a ten-question quiz in reading and math. so making sure that you have the skill and the will to serve children, particularly in high poverty environments well is critical. so reading is a gateway skill. and we make sure that the children are shored up in that area, and that's why we are moving so far and fast. >> you're moving on, what's next for you? >> i'm transitioning to taupe eek a. >> you can't do it, it's huge. tell me why i'm wrong. >> first of all, there's no such thing as what you can't do, but it's only what you can't do and make it possible. so having been a superintendent in a district of 23,000, and having been the first black female in montgomery county, similar to topeka, an we know tt
they can succeed at high levels. it's where brown verses board of education took place. it's already an amazing district. but building on the foundation that they have in place. and here's the power. jennings will continue to succeed at high levels as long as they have a leader with high expectations, supporting teachers and students, and the people are still there making things happen every day. that's the power, and it shows it can be rep kate and happen and be sustained. >> you're terrific. tiffany anderson, the superintendent there in jennings schools, and she's joining me from st. louis. and best of luck. and of success to you. what a pleasure. up next, a steadying earth. a new satellite was launched into stas. but with the eye on the ocean, will scientists be able to learn?
>> so a new generation of satellite launched today. weather, sea level and vegetation, and the new state-of-the-art satellite is creating a buzz within the science community. >> it has taken eight years to develop at a cost of $340 million. the european space agency, sentinel aaa is one of the vast earth satellites, orbiting 315 kilometers above the
planet, it's instruments can measure the color and height of the surfaces, and detect sea ice with remarkable precision. >> we carry a radiographer, which measures the sea's temperature within 2° celsius, which is something. you try to measure that when you're in the bathtub to that kind of accuracy. >> the data it collects will be free for anyone who use almost immediately. and that means that the scientists will be able to monitor sea levels and pollution, and track ships, and even track the mass migration of people across borders. >> it will allow us to see all over the world, different parameters in the ocean, and able to support the fisheries industries, and we'll be able to monitor agriculture over the