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Where New York City Kids Are Not Getting Vaccinated

Friday, April 03, 2015

WNYC is the first to obtain access to vaccination rates in the largest public school system in the U.S. And now, you can look them up.

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NYC Chancellor: Matchmaking Makes Better Schools

Monday, April 07, 2014

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. 

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Mayor Highlights After-School Piece of Tax Plan

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Much of Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign for a tax increase has focused on his plan to expand access to pre-kindergarten. In shifting gears to talk about middle school students, he appears to be broadening his approach.

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Teachers: What's it Like Scoring the State Tests?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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For all the anxiety about testing and test results, the middle step of actually scoring the New York State tests, given to students in April, is getting scant attention. Yet city teachers are spending work hours grading the state tests, with a varying degree of training. One teacher said there's a "very complicated and lengthy rubric we were given to help us score" and another described debates among scorers about how to assess student writing.

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Teachers Trade Ideas on Keeping M.L.K. Fresh

Monday, January 16, 2012

For teachers, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday comes with some heavy challenges. How do you make an annual lesson plan fresh each year, especially one loaded with issues of race and class? Six teachers from different types of schools in New York City discuss how they make the civil rights leader and his legacy meaningful to students today.

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Sadness and Anger Over School Closings

Friday, December 09, 2011

The proverbial other shoe will drop Friday, when as many as 10 more New York City public schools will be placed on a list to be closed, but the fallout has already begun after the city's announcement Thursday recommending a dozen school closings and the "truncation" of grades from three additional schools.

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