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Opinion: The Power of Students Teaching Students

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Two counselors recommend pairing middle school kids with college and high school mentors rather than adults. One student called his mentor “my older brother that I never had.”
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Debate Brews Over After-School Programs: Tutoring vs. Playing

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Should after-school classes in struggling or low-income schools be all about school work? Or should they focus on sports and arts, like more affluent schools offer? 
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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Else Is In The Budget?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Mayor de Blasio is taking a victory lap for securing universal pre-k funding, but some progressives are calling this Cuomo's "Wall Street" budget. Here's a breakdown of the fine print from Albany.

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Schoolbook

De Blasio’s Challenge: Paying for Middle Schoolers to Stay Late and Then Getting Them to Show Up

Monday, January 27, 2014

Don't forget about the after-school program Mayor de Blasio wants to implement, funded by a tax on the city’s wealthiest residents. If successful, the initiative would be the largest after-school expansion in the city’s history. Here's how it looks at schools already offering after-school to middle school students.

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WNYC News

Dinkins Offers Unsolicited Advice to de Blasio

Monday, November 25, 2013

WNYC

After making education the cornerstone of his successful campaign, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was greeted by a standing ovation Monday at a Columbia University summit on the future of the city’s children. The room was filled with educators, advocates and policy-makers, including former Mayor David Dinkins, who de Blasio thanked for launching his career.

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Report: Childcare Cuts Threaten Working Parents

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WNYC

Children's advocates argue that cuts to after-school and childcare programs hurt not only the children they serve, but the city's working parents. They surveyed nearly 6,000 parents who said they rely on the programs to stay employed. The proposed cuts are part of budget talks underway between City Hall and the City Council.

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Bloomberg Defends Legacy with Final Budget

Thursday, May 02, 2013

WNYC

Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented a $69.8 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that contains about $800 million in one-time revenue and calls for reduced spending on education. Proposed cuts include $135 million for after-school and early childhood education programs and a reduction of 1,800 teaching positions through attrition over the next two years as a result of the city's failure to reach a deal with the unions on a teacher evaluation plan.

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Murrow HS Chess Team Seeks National Trophy

Thursday, April 04, 2013

WNYC

“For this year, for this team, second place would not be acceptable,” said Eliot Weiss, a calculus teacher at Edward R. Murrow High School. “We feel like we’re number one.”

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Bloomberg Outlines Tight Education Budget

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

With no deal on teacher evaluations, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented a new budget that eliminates 2500 teaching positions, after school programs, books and other classroom supplies.

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Bronx Chess Team Goes for Gold, and Then Some

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The top high school chess teams meet this weekend in a hotel ballroom for the citywide chess tournament. "It’s just so quick with tension in there," said Matheu Jefferson, a senior at Bronx Center for Science and Math. "There's nothing like being in that room. It is the loudest quiet I've ever heard in my life."

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On Longer School Day: Second Shift Model Works Best

Monday, January 14, 2013

A proponent of the longer school day argues extended hours are as effective as the energy and thought put into them. New York should learn from other states and implement only those extended school programs that really work.

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Documentary Puts Brooklyn School in the Spotlight

Friday, October 19, 2012

"Brooklyn Castle," which tells the story of I.S. 318's winning chess team, opens Friday in theaters and has excitement rippling through the Williamsburg school's community.

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Chancellor Unveils Plan for New Health Centers

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott wants to open 20 health and mental health centers in middle and high schools throughout the city, he told the City Council at a budget hearing. This comes after more than 70 school-based mental health centers were closed over the last two years.

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Top After-School Programs Caught in Budget 'Dance'

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The shortened week brings lots of school events and news, from budget cuts threatening critical after-school programs to borough-wide meetings on how to use the summer to better prepare students for kindergarten. Check out First Bell for the latest.

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Using Business to Help At-Risk Middle Schoolers

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Educators know many kids lose interest in school in the middle years when the work gets tougher and distractions increase. WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports on how one group is trying to keep middle school students' attention with business mentors.

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Protesters Urge Mayor to Spare Programs for Children

Monday, March 05, 2012

Parents, City Council members and Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, gathered in front of City Hall on Monday to protest proposed cuts to child care and after-school programs. One parent said, “I can’t be there when that bell rings at 2:45.”

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Out-of-School Time Program Faces Deep Cuts

Monday, December 12, 2011

An after-school program started under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2005 is facing a budget cut of more than 20 percent, which some people say could cut nearly in half the number of seats for children next year. A reduction in city financing is coming even as costs for each child are going up.

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