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Yasmeen Khan

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Middle School Grades Reflect High School Prep

Monday, October 01, 2012

Grades are out for the elementary and middle schools. Based on last school year's data, the results were relatively steady, with 86 percent of the schools not moving up or down by more than one letter grade compared to the year before. Still, 114 schools received C's for the third year in a row, a jump from five that fell into the same category last year. In the past, schools that earned three C's in a row were at greater risk for closure.

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Discriminating Test

Monday, October 01, 2012

An NAACP lawsuit contends that the path to entry in NYC's elite public high schools is discriminatory. Yasmeen Khan, WNYC associate news producer covering education and politics, discusses the case. 

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High School Application Season Kicks Into Gear

Friday, September 28, 2012

The city's high school fair takes place this weekend, one of several early steps in the application process.

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Admissions Test For Elite Schools Prompts Complaint

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Civil rights advocates say too few black and Latino students are getting into New York City's eight specialized high schools. Questioning the reliance on one standardized test as the sole requirement for admission to the schools, they filed a complaint with the federal government.

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City Sets Aside Dollars for More Full-Day Pre-K

Monday, September 24, 2012

The city plans to expand its full-day pre-kindergarten program next school year, as demand for the half-day option wanes. The city will match state funding with $20 million dollars to add 4,000 full-day seats. It also will open an early childhood center in Brownsville, Brooklyn for children under the age of five.

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Schools Try to Shed 'Turnaround' Title

Sunday, September 23, 2012

City education officials say they plan to give an update in October on the 24 struggling schools they wanted to close and re-open over the summer. Those schools are working to improve student achievement, and are eager to recover from the "turnaround" stigma.

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DOE: Special Ed Changes Progressing Well

Friday, September 21, 2012

The city's brand new deputy chancellor for special education offers an update on the roll-out of changes in special education this year. All schools are expected to add the services necessary to accommodate students with disabilities who are eligible to attend.

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School Yard Politics: A Guide to Who's Playing

Monday, September 17, 2012

Education is always a political issue in New York City. The public schools are run by the mayor, and the city has a strong and powerful teachers union. There are also a few other well-organized groups that are pushing for different education reforms. We've made a guide to who's who in schoolyard politics.

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Final Job Fair for Teachers Seeking Work

Sunday, September 16, 2012

As is the routine at the beginning of each school year, teachers without permanent positions line up at recruitment fairs and apply for work. About 1,800 teachers remain on the city’s payroll without jobs. They’ll have a chance to meet hiring principals at the season's final recruitment fair this Wednesday.

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9/11 Revives Early Memories for High Schoolers

Monday, September 10, 2012

Many New York City schools will take the opportunity to examine the 9/11 attacks in the classroom today. Most students were too young to fully remember the events of the day. But, as one Bronx Science student puts it, the event still "feels like something from the present rather than something from history."

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Walcott Welcomes New School Year

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

School Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Sept. 6 is a day to focus on the anticipation and opportunity implicit in a new school year. Any policy debates or disputes will have to wait until another day.

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Before Classes Begin, Students Must Enroll

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

In the days leading up to the start of school, many students are still figuring out where they're going to report for the first day of classes. They include students who are new to New York City - and to the country - or those who are transferring from another school. Administrators are scrambling to find seats and register them all.

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New School Year Preview

Friday, August 31, 2012

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, and Yasmeen Khan, WNYC associate news producer covering education and politics, talk about some of the issues facing New York City's public schools as they get ready for teachers and students next week.

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Softer Suspension Rules for Younger Students

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Education Department is changing the rules around suspension of younger students. Children in kindergarten through third grade can no longer be suspended for more than five days for disruptive behavior, such as pushing and shoving.

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Popular Lunch Program Will Be Back in School Kitchens

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Menus designed by celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Michael Anthony are returning to city schools, now that the Department of Education says Wellness in the Schools can keep working in its cafeterias. The city had halted the program out of concern that it would not meet strict new federal nutrition standards but it now says the menus will be tweaked to comply.

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Principals: How Are You Preparing For the Start of a New Year?

Monday, August 27, 2012

New York City school principals are back at work this week to prepare for the start of a new school year September 6th. They have a lot on their plates, because of several new reforms. SchoolBook wants to hear from principals on how they're getting ready for school, so don't be shy. Let us know what you're doing.

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Brooklyn Residents Voice Concerns About New Center for Suspended Students

Monday, August 27, 2012

Some Brooklyn residents worry about the city's plan to house suspended high school students in a building next to a popular playground. They also question the adequacy of the site itself.

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City Council Pushes for Breakfast in Classrooms

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

City Council members are urging the Bloomberg administration to get more students who qualify for a free breakfast at school to participate in the program. The Council passed a resolution on Wednesday, by a wide margin, calling on the Education Department to mandate that all schools serve students a free breakfast in classrooms instead of in cafeterias.

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Special Education Reform Brings City More In Line With National Trend

Thursday, August 09, 2012

New York City is revamping how it teaches many of its special-needs students, who have learning disabilities or moderate behavioral problems. Although the national trend has been to mix more of these students into mainstream classrooms, the city has stuck to an old model of keeping special ed students separate. Until now.

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Using Summer to Narrow Achievement Gap

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

There's a growing body of research that shows that what students do over the summer affects their academic careers -- and whether or not they will be likely to graduate and go on to college. And since lower-income students are more likely to lose academic skills than their peers from higher-income families, New York City has begun a pilot program to help keep these students on track during the summer months.

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