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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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Patricia Willens appears in the following:

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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Happy Holidays from SchoolBook!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Catch up on education news, get a head start on the school application season. SchoolBook is here for you even if the team is taking a little break for the holidays. See you next year!

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Linking School to 'College and Career' Motivates At-Risk Students

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A high school diploma is only the beginning of what my students need to secure a better future. As the principal of a transfer high school, I am a strong believer in job training and college experience for my kids while they are still in high school.

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Cub Reporters Take on Bears at D.O.E.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The city’s high school newspapers tackled some big topics this fall. From failed Regents grading to the city’s evaluation system, student reporters didn’t shy away from uncovering systematic failures that left them wondering if the adults were alright.

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The West Brooklyn Way: Getting In is Just the Beginning

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

To enroll at West Brooklyn Community High School, students must buy in to a certain level of support and counseling. In exchange, the school promises to keep them on track to graduate, no small feat for those who have struggled in at least one high school before this one.

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Essay: My Student is One Point From Her Diploma

Thursday, December 12, 2013

One point. That is all that stands between Amy and a high school diploma. And I am the teacher responsible for getting her over the line.

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What Do Those School Grades Really Show?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Progress reports without a grade. That’s what Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio proposed during the campaign and it led SchoolBook to wonder: what are all those numbers behind the grades and what can we learn from them going forward?

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