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What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool?

Many educators tout the benefits of preschool, but there's no clear standard for what qualifies as a quality program. Researchers say that when it comes to pre-K, Tulsa, Okla., gets it right.

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Decision Time for High-School Seniors (and Parents)

It can be an emotionally fraught time, as families gather around kitchen tables to try to determine which institution offers the prospect of serving as the best academic, personal, and financial “fit.”

Time's Up to Apply for Pre-K in NYC Schools

Families have until the end of day Wednesday to submit an application for a public school pre-k seat, including one of the 4,000 new seats being added for next school year.

Sun Sets on Controversial Student Data Project inBloom

Following parent outcry over student privacy concerns, the company inBloom plans to shut down.

NYC Kindergarten Waiting Lists Cut Almost in Half

A new ranking system for families applying to kindergarten led to shorter waiting lists at fewer schools.

Sounding Off on State Tests

Some city educators object to the New York's recent English exams for grades 3-8, but that doesn't mean they're opposed to higher standards.

Pre-K: You've Got Questions, She's Got Answers

The head of the city's office of early childhood education took questions from WNYC listeners about the application process for  pre-kindergarten, now that thousands of more seats will be offered this fall.

Accordions, Clarinets and a Xylophone for City Schools

WXQR listeners donated about 2,500 instruments.

How One Student Who 'Hates School' Finds Her Path to Graduation

For Paula Dinh, the path to graduation has been a long one, with times when she questioned her ability — and desire — to finish high school.

A Pay Raise for Pre-K Teachers

As part of his pre-k expansion, Mayor de Blasio is setting aside $10 million in state funds to increase teacher pay.

Opinion: Five Ways to Improve Gifted Programs in NYC Schools

The program for super bright kids has a few dumb problems, like having just a fraction of seats available (300) for all the incoming kindergarten students deemed "gifted" (1,908). Two veteran parents offer ideas to make G&T smarter.

Table Tennis and Badminton Go Varsity in NYC High Schools

It's not just basketball, baseball or other traditional American sports anymore. Dozens of New York City high schools are fielding teams in   badminton and table tennis for the first time this spring.

A Plea to Move Forward From NY's Education Chief

State education commissioner John King is pushing for a more civil debate around education policy.

Push for School Door Alarms Hits Wall

The disappearance and death of the autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo has led to a proposal to install door alarms in schools, but at what cost?

Opinion: With 100 Days Under His Belt, Mayor Must Up His Game on Education

An education professor says the new mayor has won some, lost some. Now it's time to get serious on all the other pressing education issues facing the city schools. 

City Expands Promotion Criteria Beyond Test Scores

New York City's Department of Education is altering the process to promote or hold back students, adding classroom work and grades to the mix so it's not just tied to standardized test scores.

New Group Defends Common Core

Common Core has come under intense criticism lately. Enter a new group that wants to sway public opinion in support of the tougher learning standards.

Listen: Q&A with Newly Elected Teachers Union Prez

There’s a big change in New York's largest teacher’s union. This weekend NYSUT members elected Karen Magee as president after months of unrest over the state’s flawed roll-out of the Common Core learning standards. 

NYC Chancellor: Matchmaking Makes Better Schools

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina is acting as matchmaker-in-chief, pairing struggling school leaders with colleague-mentors. "You know it's one thing to read a book about how you should be doing things...it's quite another thing to go into a classroom and see them working," she said. 

Opinion: If You Want Schools to Thrive, Invest in Parents

A parent leader suggests if the chancellor is genuine about improving communication between schools and parents then she has an easy place to start: give parent coordinators the respect they deserve.

Fewer NYC Students Make the Grade for Gifted Programs

One thing has not changed: many more children were eligible to be in a gifted and talented program than there are spaces.