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Patricia Willens

Editor, WNYC News

Patricia Willens appears in the following:

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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Report: Too Many NYC Schools Lack College-Prep Science, Math

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Thirty nine percent of New York City high schools do not offer standard college-prep courses in math and science, according to a new report.
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White House Opens Its Doors to Local College-Bound Teens

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The First Lady hosted a day-long workshop on college to help students from around the country understand the challenges that await them.
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For Profit Schools Respond to New Rules from Feds

Monday, July 06, 2015

The Obama Administration's new rules target for profit colleges whose students are burdened with too much debt.

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Big-Name Celebs Assigned to Boost Arts Ed in NYC Schools

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Marc Anthony. Misty Copeland. Paula Abdul. Edward Norton. They're assigned to help troubled middle and elementary schools turn things around with arts programming.
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City Chef Freshens Up School Lunch Food

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

New York City schools serve about 950,000 meals a day — breakfast, lunch and after-school. But it's the little things that occupy the city's top chef, like the plates.
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A Mom Who Got So Mad She Got an Education Degree

Monday, June 01, 2015

Lorraine Hexstall was angry about the way her son was being treated in school. While she struggled to help him, she also decided nobody should have to experience the same ordeal.
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How to Choose the Right College

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's deadline time for students accepted to college for the fall. A high school senior and a college advisor share their views on choosing the right school.
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Educators Go Silent on State Tests, More Than Last Year

Friday, April 17, 2015

Concerns about the state tests may be legion, or they may comprise a small fraction of public opinion. We don't know because most educators are too nervous to talk about them.
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Being 12: The Year Everything Changes for Kids, Schools, Tech, Bodies

Friday, March 13, 2015

WNYC
Download this special program on why 12 matters so much. It's a "hot mess" of change. Hear straight from New York City kids — and a few adults — on Being 12. 
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What a Brand Would Give to Be a Tween Girl’s Friend

Friday, March 13, 2015

As tampon boxes come with comforting factoids and lingerie ads boast “No Photoshop” images, advertisers are crafting a message of female empowerment. And it’s selling. 
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Meet the Teachers Crazy Enough to Teach Middle School

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sure, teacher turnover is higher in New York City middle schools than at elementary or high schools. But for those who stick around there's the potential for a very big payoff.
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First Person: New Yorkers on Being 12

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WNYC
Twelve is an age when the world starts opening up. Hear these students sound off on topics like bullying, social media, discipline, dating and friendships. It's not easy being 12. 
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Find 'Hidden Gems' Among NYC Middle Schools

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A few middle schools get a massive number of applications every year, as if they were the only good options. WNYC unearthed a handful of schools with strong reviews but few applicants.
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