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New York City's Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky talks with WNYC about the trends in the high school graduation rates, and how increased standards will affect graduation numbers going forward. Listen to the full interview here.
The city launched a new award for excellence in the classroom. The first winners of the Big Apple teaching award went to 11 teachers from a mix of schools. Check out who won:
Special education reform has made is possible for more children with disabilities to attend their local schools. A segment of this population relies on technology to learn and get around. A WNYC reporter visited a recent showcase of the latest technology for students, organized by students.
At the graduation ceremony for Teachers College, a group of students and faculty protested the awarding of an honor to Merryl Tisch, chancellor of New York State Board of Regents, because of her support for standardized testing. TC granted the honor to Tisch for her years of service advocating for the state's public school systems.
Listen to a story from two teenagers who offer an inside look at the current culture of marijuana, and hear their takeaway on what parents should think about if they find a joint in their kid's bedroom.
An old florescent light fixture broke, and the smoke not only forced the evacuation of the building but also re-ignited the fight over how to replace toxic fixtures in the schools as quickly as possible.
The City Council speaker and Democratic candidate for mayor said she wants to add more gifted and talented seats and find ways to enroll more Black and Latino students in the city's elite programs.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer spoke to the author of an article about tensions in the East Ramapo school district. Then he interviewed Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder, the former school board president, who responded to claims that members of the local Orthodox Jewish community are abusing their power on the school board to gut the public schools. Listen to both interviews and join the conversation.
Teachers and parents swapped stories about the English Language Arts exams that wrapped up Thursday. Hear Beth Fertig on the Brian Lehrer Show take callers' questions and try to clarify some confusion around the state tests.
After 14 years on the job, Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the City University of New York, is stepping down this summer. He tells WNYC that while the system has changed and grown, the persistently high number of city students who are not ready for college is "too high." Take a listen.
The drama program at Scholar's Academy is climbing back from Sandy's storm damage to put on a spring show in its renovated theater. Equipment and costumes still needed.
Hear esteemed teacher John Hunter talk about his experience teaching world peace to his elementary school children. Over the decades, he said, the children have gotten less prone to war even with violent video games at their disposal.
Join the fun that can only happen every 17 years. The cicadas are coming, and WNYC is inviting armchair scientists, DIY makers and science teachers to help predict the emergence of cicadas by building homemade sensors and sharing your observations.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer moderated a forum on schools in Newark. Hear the next-day analysis of the conversation which touched on charter schools, private money, and teacher contracts. The themes -- and the emotion -- will sound very familiar to those watching the New York City school system.
Former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein told NPR his new education company is focused solely on developing top-notch materials in math, science and English language arts. "Our commitment," Klein said, "is education only. We have no subsidiary agenda." That said, parent company News Corp. is seeking revenue to buttress other parts of its conglomerate.
School officials got overall high marks from the City Council for their response to Sandy. They said additional school repairs and long-term fixes can't happen without federal disaster relief funds.
Bus workers who were a part of the Local 1181 union filled the school buses with gas and got them back on the road Wednesday after their union suspended a bus strike that, to many of them, bore no results or real guarantee of the job protection they sought.
ICYMI: Three principals joined WNYC's Brian Lehrer for a wide-ranging conversation about how they managed their schools and how big changes like Common Core and teacher evaluations affected them. Take a listen and share your thoughts.
The Nobel-Prize-winning economist who has studied the effects of early childhood education for decades weighs in on President Obama's proposal to expand early education for children ages 0-5 years. And the White House released its fact sheet on the proposal.