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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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State Rules Against Success Charter in Pre-K Fight

Friday, February 26, 2016

In the ongoing conflict between the leader of the Success charter school network and New York City, the state hands a win to the mayor and his pre-k program.
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Educators Cobble Together a Post-Blizzard School Day

Monday, January 25, 2016

New York City families and school staff braved the snow and slush to make it to school. Attendance was down but school doors opened more or less on time.
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New York City Graduation Rate Tops 70 Percent

Monday, January 11, 2016

For the first time, the August graduation rate for the city rose to more than 70 percent although achievement gaps persist for black and Hispanic students.   
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New York City Seeks Teacher Evaluation Waiver

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

City officials are asking the state for a four-month extension so they have more time to revise the way teachers are evaluated, and can roll out the changes next school year. 
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Why Test Prep May Be Key to Improving School Diversity

Monday, October 19, 2015

Thousands of New York City students soon will take a test to get into some of the most elite public high schools. Odds are with the ones who prepared for months, or years, for this day.
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Charter Leader Moskowitz Not Running for Mayor After All

Thursday, October 08, 2015

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She's not a candidate in waiting. Eva Moskowitz, the controversial leader of the Success Academies charter network, held a press conference to clarify what she was not going to do. 
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At a Bronx Renewal School, Enthusiasm Takes Root

Thursday, October 08, 2015

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help struggling schools rebound. At M.S. 22 in the Bronx, the whole community is scrambling to show results. 
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History Repeats Itself in Brooklyn School Rezoning

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Some families are uneasy about a plan to be zoned to P.S. 307, citing school quality. But not too long ago a similar story played out at the school everyone's trying to get into: P.S. 8.
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City Schools Are Overcrowded, With No End in Sight

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New York City is playing a constant game of catch-up with school overcrowding and right now it's losing.
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The Mysterious Math of Making Space in City Schools

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Critics have long argued that New York City overstates how many kids can — or should — be squeezed into a public school. And it's maddening.
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Opinion: Suspending Students is the Easy Way Out

Monday, September 21, 2015

A teacher who has been in the school system for decades argues suspending students as a form or discipline is lazy. It also doesn’t work. 
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De Blasio Says to Tackle Inequities, School Kids Must Go Back to the Basics

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The mayor outlines a broad plan to raise the performance and offerings at all New York City schools, regardless of zip code.
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Bicycles, Breathing and Bridges: A Toxic Trio?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

One of the first volunteers for WNYC's 'Bicycle Brigade' monitors the air by wearing an elaborate outfit during her daily commute.

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Is Improving Secular Education in Yeshivas a Matter of Money?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

If the government wants better secular education in yeshivas, many in the hasidic community believe it should foot the bill. But that may not be legal, or wise.
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Mayor de Blasio Heads Back to School, Too

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio used the first day of school to tout pre-k, community schools and helping teachers do a better job. Some of the kids he visited were into the play table.
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As Hasidic Community Thrives, Secular Education Declines

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

New York City's Hasidic community has built a self-sufficient world in many ways. Graduates from yeshivas have few marketable skills, but community members say it’s worth it. Here’s why.
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Councilman Wants Hasidic Yeshivas to Teach by the Books

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Many Orthodox Jewish boys graduate high school without basic skills in math and English, in clear violation of education laws. For the first time, city officials are investigating. 
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New York City Students Make Modest Gains on State Tests; Opt-Outs Triple

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Students in grades three through eight performed slightly better on the 2015 English and math tests than the year before. See how your school scored.
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From NY State, With Love: Try Your Kid's Standardized Test Questions

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Half of the test questions given to New York students in the third through eighth grades are out. We share a few with you in case you want to stretch those brain muscles a bit.
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De Blasio Panel Offers Blueprint for School Discipline Reforms

Thursday, July 23, 2015

As New York City moves from suspending students in favor of keeping them in school, change has been uneven across the system. Now, a high-level team outlines what should happen next.
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