Patricia Willens

Editor, WNYC News

Patricia Willens appears in the following:

At a Bronx Renewal School, Enthusiasm Takes Root

Thursday, October 08, 2015

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help struggling schools rebound. At M.S. 22 in the Bronx, the whole community is scrambling to show results. 
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History Repeats Itself in Brooklyn School Rezoning

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Some families are uneasy about a plan to be zoned to P.S. 307, citing school quality. But not too long ago a similar story played out at the school everyone's trying to get into: P.S. 8.
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City Schools Are Overcrowded, With No End in Sight

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New York City is playing a constant game of catch-up with school overcrowding and right now it's losing.
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The Mysterious Math of Making Space in City Schools

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Critics have long argued that New York City overstates how many kids can — or should — be squeezed into a public school. And it's maddening.
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Opinion: Suspending Students is the Easy Way Out

Monday, September 21, 2015

A teacher who has been in the school system for decades argues suspending students as a form or discipline is lazy. It also doesn’t work. 
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De Blasio Says to Tackle Inequities, School Kids Must Go Back to the Basics

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The mayor outlines a broad plan to raise the performance and offerings at all New York City schools, regardless of zip code.
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Bicycles, Breathing and Bridges: A Toxic Trio?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

One of the first volunteers for WNYC's 'Bicycle Brigade' monitors the air by wearing an elaborate outfit during her daily commute.

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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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