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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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Disgruntled Brooklyn Parents Want to Know: Do You Hate the Middle School Search as Much as They Do?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 "Probably the most stressful parenting endeavor I have yet encountered." That's what one parent said in a survey of District 15 parents about the search for a middle school.
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New Research Suggests Small High Schools May Help After All

Friday, October 17, 2014

A New York City entrant in a long-running research controversy over the effectiveness of small high schools reveals that a reform derided as a failure has positive impact.

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Study: NYC's Small High Schools Boost College Enrollment Rates

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The latest findings from an ongoing review of the small high schools that replaced many of New York's massive schools show more upside, this time in terms of college.
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New School Ratings System Eliminates Grades, Emphasizes Quality Reviews

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña outlined a new way to evaluate schools that minimizes tests scores in favor of more qualitative measures.
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Help for NYC Parents Facing Middle School Admissions Maze

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The process of applying to a New York City public middle school just got a little easier. If you sign up, we'll send a weekly email to guide you through the process, step by step.
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Rethinking A Fall Classic: The Parent-Teacher Conference

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They'll be held four times a year instead of just two.

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Report: NYC Offers Too Little Too Late for Over-Age Middle School Students

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A quarter of New York City middle school students have been held back at least once. Advocates say the city needs to do more to prevent them from dropping out of school altogether.
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Eric Garner's Family Presses for Officer's Arrest in Chokehold Case

Saturday, August 02, 2014

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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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