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Patricia Willens

Editor, WNYC News

Patricia Willens appears in the following:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Debate Must Move On; Charter Schools Are Here to Stay

Monday, December 09, 2013

A professor argues it's high time to take the heat out of the debate about charter schools and she debuinks a few myths along the way. 

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Two NYC Students Remember Meeting Mandela

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Two high school students from New York City who met the South African leader as sixth graders in 2009 share their impressions with WNYC. "I shook his hand and even though he was weak and sickly at the time his handshake was one of the firmest I’ve ever had," one student said.

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For Some Students, Just Showing Up = Success

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Educators at one Brooklyn high school focus on getting their at-risk students across the threshold of the building. Sounds simple, right? Think again. In the first of a series called Educating on the Edge, we see that tracking attendance here involves a lot more than roll call.            

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Special Education Advocates Offer Lengthy To-Do List for New Mayor

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Special education watchdogs in New York City are ready to bend the ear of the new mayor. There are a lot of things they want to change, and they're not shy about listing them. 

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