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Patricia Willens

Editor, WNYC News

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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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How Bad is The Test? English Teachers Count the Ways

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A group of Brooklyn Tech teachers do not mince words when it comes to reviewing a test whose sole purpose was to rate them: "Not only is this test a waste of students’ time and taxpayers’ money, it is also an invalid way to evaluate teachers."

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Not Public School As We Remember It

Monday, November 18, 2013

Author John Owens offers a scathing view of what gets lost when new schools open with sweeping promises but scarce resources. Schools focused solely on academics suffer. It's the "extra" programs like theater or sports that make a school complete.

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The Day I Introduced Barack Obama

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Imagine being a high school junior who is told he will introduce the president of the United States. Radcliffe Saddler tells us what it was like to give the speech of a lifetime. 

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A Teacher’s View: We Need the Reforms

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A teacher who supports recent reforms in the schools speaks out, and takes on the claims of the opposition. "It turns out that much of the rhetoric against the Common Core standards is just that: rhetoric," he says. "Their claims have been repeatedly debunked, but they continue to crop up, reminding us that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on."

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Here are Three Things the Next Mayor Should Do for NYC's Youngest

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Give EarlyLearn NYC a real chance to succeed. That's what two children advocates argue in this opinion piece, as they offer a three-point guide for what the next mayor should do to improve the early childhood system across the city. 

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School Size - Does it Really Matter?

Monday, November 04, 2013

Ahead of the next #whatworks Twitter chat on Nov. 6, check out what the experts are saying about small schools as a strategy to improving New York City high schools. Are they all they are cracked up to be?

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Principal: Why My School Said No

Friday, November 01, 2013

One school community rallied against giving their young students an extra test. And it worked. The principal shares her view on why she opted out, and how all the changes in the school system are stressing out educators. 

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From Brooklyn, Obama Touts Six-Year High School Model

Friday, October 25, 2013

President Obama came to Brooklyn to pressure Congress to act on the budget and celebrate the model of P-Tech, a six-year high school. He said Brooklyn was cool when he lived there but "not this cool."

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State Looking to Reduce Number of Tests

Friday, October 25, 2013

Under pressure to relieve schools of testing overload, New York's top education official said he would eliminate one test for some 8th graders and look to cut more so that teachers can focus on teaching, not test prep.

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School Choice Has Limits

Thursday, October 24, 2013

School choice sounds like a good thing, and mostly it is. But, for many families, the array of choices in New York City can be overwhelming and leave their kids even farther behind. Experts debate the mixed blessing of school choice in the public school system. Read on.

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