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Patricia Willens

Editor, WNYC News

Patricia Willens is a news editor at WNYC in charge of the station’s education and youth reporting unit. She is also the Editor of SchoolBook, the award-winning website for local education coverage. She started at WNYC as a freelance reporter before coming on full–time in 2002 to produce Morning Edition. In other positions in the newsroom, she has served as assignment editor, features editor, intern coordinator and the producer of the newsroom’s live events in The Greene Space. In all these roles, her goal is to make WNYC sound as big, diverse and inspiring as the region it serves.

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Eric Garner's Family Presses for Officer's Arrest in Chokehold Case

Saturday, August 02, 2014

WNYC

The Rev. Al Sharpton joined the family of a Staten Island man killed while being detained by the NYPD in calling for legal action. Garner's widow said prosecutors should "do the right thing and give me justice for my husband."

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NYC Student Tackles the Last Test Standing Between Her and a High School Diploma

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States - she has learned English, made a home here and is trying very hard to graduate high school. And the last test she needs is one she's failed three times already.

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High School Grad Rates Make Modest Climb in New York

Monday, June 23, 2014

The percentage of New York students who graduated within four years rose but not by much, and state officials said they could do better.

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NYC Teachers Union Members Approve Labor Contract

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The votes are in. Members of the New York City teachers union showed strong support for a long overdue labor deal with the city. 

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Students Take the Floor in Q&A with School Leaders

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

NYC students representing a wide range of high schools voiced their questions and concerns about the school system straight to people in charge at a WNYC/SchoolBook live event. 

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City Reaches 'Landmark' Contract with Teachers Union

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Details are out on a labor contract deal between New York City and its public school teachers. The mayor said it represents a huge breakthrough for New Yorkers because it does not rely on tax increases, and includes health care savings.

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NYC Kindergarten Waiting Lists Cut Almost in Half

Monday, April 21, 2014

A new ranking system for families applying to kindergarten led to shorter waiting lists at fewer schools.

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Table Tennis and Badminton Go Varsity in NYC High Schools

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's not just basketball, baseball or other traditional American sports anymore. Dozens of New York City high schools are fielding teams in   badminton and table tennis for the first time this spring.

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Peabody Awards Shine Light on Struggling High Schools

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Three documentaries that address the challenges facing students and educators in poor, high-crime communities won top honors.

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What You Need to Know About the Charter Schools Debate

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Now that the dust up over a city reversal on three proposed charter schools has settled, somewhat, it's a good time to get a handle on the charter schools debate. Luckily, we have just the thing.

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Almost Half of NYC Students Get Top Choice for High School

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The numbers are in. Most students matched with a top choice for high school but the dust is still settling as families of eighth graders contemplate the transition.

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You Can Exhale Now. Maybe. High School Acceptances Out This Week

Monday, March 10, 2014

If past is prologue, about three quarters of students applying to public high schools will be accepted to one of their top three choices. But could that number be even higher if applicants spread out their choices? 

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Guide: The High School Years

Monday, March 10, 2014

SchoolBook's mission is to explain and report on the largest school district in the nation, the one right here in New York City. To that end, we have a new guide for the high school years. Share it with your friends.

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City Halts Six School Changes Inherited from Bloomberg

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dozens of new or expanded schools got the all-clear to open this fall but a handful of others saw their plans dashed, as the city navigated its way through a thicket of proposals left by the Bloomberg administration.

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When Students Don't Return From School Break

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Educators say it's a big problem, especially among new immigrant groups.

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Opinion: Reward Teachers Who Brave the Snow

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A teacher makes an intriguing suggestion: create an "exceptional weather" policy that would not punish families or staff for missing school during big storms but would reward those who do make it to school.

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Pre-K Providers to Albany: Don't Leave Us Hanging

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Three major pre-kindergarten providers press lawmakers to figure out a stable stream of money so they can do their job offering programs to more four-year-old New Yorkers.

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Complaints Pile On; Schools Chancellor Says It's "A Beautiful Day"

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Criticism of Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña's decision to keep schools open today is piling up almost as quickly as the snow. But on one point both sides agree: the city must do a better job letting the public know how it makes such decisions.

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Is It Still Lunch at 10:45 a.m.? City Schools Serve Meals at Odd Hours

Monday, February 10, 2014

City data shows that tens of thousands of NYC students are served lunch by 10:45 in the morning. When it comes to chicken nuggets before noon, how early is too early?

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Student Experiments Launch into Space. Outer Space.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Small tubes of powdered milk and mushroom spores sped into earth's orbit on Thursday as part of science experiments conducted by two groups of New York City students.

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