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Patricia Willens

Editor, WNYC News

Patricia Willens appears in the following:

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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Chef Takes on Challenge of Picky Eaters in School

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A famous chef faces his toughest challenge: picky eaters contemplating school cafeteria food. They face off at an Oct. 30 event. Be there to learn how to get kids to eat better, and actually enjoy it.

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Opinion: Teen Girls Changing the Face of Philanthropy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"The image of an old, wealthy man seated on a pile of his money has changed—now teenage girls can change the world." says a local teen activist.

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One Year Later, a Middle School Revisits Sandy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sandy took a heavy toll on certain schools in New York City, including one on Staten Island school that saw many of its students displaced. The kids are back now, and they've been learning techniques to cope with the memories, one year later. 

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Police May Scale Back Search for Missing Teen

Monday, October 21, 2013

Police say they may scale back on the search for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic boy who's been missing for over two weeks.

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Teacher-Author Offers Scathing View of NYC Schools from the Inside

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Laurel Sturt discussed her negative views of the New York City school system as outlined in her book Davonte’s Inferno: Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag. 

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Heavy Hitters Debate School Achievement Gap

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

As the education world waits for a new mayor to take over the largest public school system in the country, SchoolBook invites you to join five leading theorists in a debate about what would make New York City schools better -- for all of its students. Share your views! 

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Teachers Weighing in on Class Size Say Over 20 is Usually Too Big

Monday, October 14, 2013

"There is a point at which small class sizes do not produce better outcomes. They produce worse outcomes," says author Malcolm Gladwell about teaching teenagers. New York City teachers, many of them facing classes of more than 30 teens, almost unanimously disagreed in this Columbus Day call-in segment on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Missing Teen's Family at the Heart of Ongoing Search

Friday, October 11, 2013

Exactly one week after Avonte Oquendo ran out of school unsupervised, his family gathered to pray for his return. Meanwhile, the city broadened its alerts to include public transit. Hear the latest, and get an insider's view on what it means to care for a mute autistic teenager. 

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In Case of Missing Boy, Concerns that Shared School Space Was a Factor

Friday, October 11, 2013

How could a school created for special education students lose one of its own? Some special ed experts say the fact that most programs for special needs kids share space with other schools makes security a real challenge.

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Report: Local Temperatures May Exceed Historical Norms in 34 Years

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A new report says that average temperatures in New York will be hotter than ever, at least in recorded history, by the year 2047.

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When to Throw Hat into Early Decision Ring

Monday, October 07, 2013

With the early decision college application deadline of Nov. 1 approaching fast, Jacques Steinberg, author of The Gatekeepers and vice president of the group Say Yes to Education, offers advice for getting that acceptance letter.

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Report: Millions Paid to Teachers Who Cannot Teach in the Classroom

Monday, October 07, 2013

The Daily News reported on Monday that the city will spend $29 million in 2013 on the salaries and benefits of educators who are considered "too dangerous or incompetent to work in public school classrooms but cannot be immediately fired."

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Teacher: Art is the Heart of My School

Friday, October 04, 2013

At the Collegiate Institute For Math and Science, we have an oasis for our students: the art room. With colorful art literally hanging from the ceiling and sunlight flooding the space, many students do not want to leave, and ask if they can stay an extra period or after school.

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Building a New School, With Cameras Rolling

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The story of starting a new school is at the heart of a documentary film airing on PBS Tuesday night called The New Public. It's an unvarnished view into the teachers and students who took a leap, and created a high school from scratch in the heart of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

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30 Issues in 30 Days: How to Fund Universal Pre-K

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It's Education Week on the Brian Lehrer Show election series "30 Issues in 30 Days." On Thursday, the topic was pre-kindergarten. Rival candidates for mayor both support early childhood education but disagree how to pay for it.

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Report: City Seeks to End Guaranteed Seat in Local High Schools

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Department of Education may no longer guarantee a spot in the city's zoned high schools, preferring to offer "priority" to neighborhood students instead. The Daily News reported Monday the proposal would affect 28 high schools in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn.

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New School Year, New SchoolBook

Monday, September 23, 2013

SchoolBook is taking the opportunity of Week Three of the 2013-14 school year, after the initial flurry of early September and on the heels of iOS 7 and the latest iPhone, to introduce our own splashy tech upgrade: SchoolBook 3.0. Take it for a spin. 

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NYC Educators Win Daily News Hero Awards

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Daily News honored 11 teachers and administrators on Thursday as their Hometown Heroes of Education. Read their stories. They re-define dedication.

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