WNYC, New York Times to Launch Innovative Education Site SchoolBook

Monday, August 22, 2011

education, classroom, school, school supplies, class, teachers, students (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

WNYC and the New York Times have partnered to launch SchoolBook, an interactive education website of news, information and conversation about New York City schools.


SchoolBook, which will launch September 7, will offer fresh content daily — including coverage by WNYC and New York Times reporters — and feature customized pages for each of the 1,700 public schools and 800 private schools in the city.

The user-friendly site will provide the tools necessary to help parents and educators analyze schools by providing the fullest picture of schools' performance and environment — including a searchable test score database that details staffing, programs and facilities.

The site will be edited by veteran Times editor Mary Ann Giordano, who oversees the paper's community news sites, The Local.

Senior reporter Beth Fertig, who has covered schools for more than 15 years, will be the primary contributor to the site for WNYC.


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Comments [5]

Alan Reid from Northern Ireland

Hopefully interactive education lifts of, from the Game to learn team, goodluck!

Feb. 01 2012 04:54 AM

Whenever WNYC does a short "ad" for the SchoolBook website, there's this woman who says something along the lines of, "you don't need to have money to get kids into a good school in new york, you just need to be savvy enough to know the system." This is statement is so utterly middle class and ridiculous - it is clearly because of her social class that she knows and has the resources (social capital, literacy, a college degree) to be savvy. Someone please change that sound-bite. It's so annoying!

Oct. 09 2011 12:20 PM
DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL from new delhi,india

DPS is one of the best schools in India.Delhi Public School is a progressive,child centered,co-educational private school,dedicated to providing quality education for all its pupils.It provides opportunities and an encouraging environment in which children are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential.

Aug. 26 2011 03:26 AM
NC` from NYC

You have an embarrassing misspelling in the 2nd paragraph (1,700 __ schools).

Aug. 22 2011 03:55 PM
Alicia from Manhattan

Finally! I've always been frustrated by the Times' relegation of K-12 and NYC education to a once a week (if that) item. (Take a look at the subject headings on their webpage-- education is in tiny print way down the page.)

And WNYC is almost as bad. I love Brian Lehrer's show, for instance, but even he will often have very skim-the-surface interviews that don't do justice to the many complicated issues that make up today's struggles for better schools.

I hope this site will have more excellent reporting by Beth Fertig as well as opinion pieces by education experts WITH the opportunity for teachers, administration, union, parents and even students to chime in with thoughtful insights from the trenches and have the the expert follow up their comments.

Aug. 22 2011 10:30 AM

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