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Opinion: I Teach Music. Why am I Judged on English Test Scores?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A New York City music teacher proposes a better way to evaluate her and other colleagues who are not teaching subjects covered by state tests.
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Taylor Swift Donates to NYC Schools Music Program

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Pop star Taylor Swift is making good on her pledge to give the city schools proceeds from her hit single "Welcome to New York."
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Schoolbook

Opinion: Hold NYC Schools Accountable for Arts Education

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New York City is the cultural capital of the country. This opinion piece argues that the city schools should reflect that, with mandatory arts education.  
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More Art Teachers Coming Soon to NYC Schools

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Sometimes it's the art class that connects a student to school. And that's why the city is adding 120 new arts teachers at targeted middle and high schools next year.

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Student-Poets Open Up Using Rhyme and Meter

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Seven finalists in a poetry slam for middle schoolers read their work to an audience. “The cloth I wear on my head does not define me,” said one student. “Don’t be scared by my scarf. It covers my hair not my heart.”

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WQXR Blog

First Lady: Arts Education Good for Good Schools

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn't something to be introduced after student test scores go up but is a critical element of achieving those higher test scores in the first place.

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Student Filmmakers Take Center Stage

Friday, April 25, 2014

Films by New York City public school students are being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, including a satirical horror movie about testing.

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With NYC School Reforms, a Plan for Arts Programs?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

According to an audit by the New York State Comptroller, many city schoolkids do not receive the required amount of hours of instruction or are taught by non-certified teachers.

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Teacher: Art is the Heart of My School

Friday, October 04, 2013

At the Collegiate Institute For Math and Science, we have an oasis for our students: the art room. With colorful art literally hanging from the ceiling and sunlight flooding the space, many students do not want to leave, and ask if they can stay an extra period or after school.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mayoral Candidates and Funding for the Arts

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Heather Woodfield, Executive Director of One Percent for Culture, Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College, Columbia University, and Nancy Kleaver, Executive Director of Young Audiences, discuss the state of arts education in New York City schools and funding of New York’s cultural institutions. Last week Leonard Lopate and Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson moderated a conversation with mayoral candidates about arts education and funding, and we’ll find out where the candidates stand on those issues.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Evaluating Arts and Gym Class Teachers

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Laura Bornfreund, a senior policy analyst in the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, takes your suggestions about how to evaluate arts and gym students for the purposes of evaluating teachers.

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Looking for a Job? Chances Are, the PTA Is Hiring

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

There is no centralized accounting of how many New Yorkers owe their livelihood to public school PTAs. But parent association Web sites -- which often include lists of the activities parent dollars are now responsible for -- suggest that if you are an actress with an appetite for history, an entrepreneurial bongo drummer, a yoga instructor O.K. with teaching downward dog to 6-year-olds, even a skateboard champion looking to earn some extra cash, currying favor with the city’s better-off PTAs is just good business.

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From Balloon Dogs to Puppets, Jeff Koons Teaches an Art Class

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

It's Visual Arts Appreciation Week in city schools. The artist Jeff Koons stopped by a classroom to talk animal sculptures with second graders.

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Students Tap Tribute to Bojangles

Friday, May 25, 2012

Students at P.S. 51 tap their way through a physical education program, and will perform their new skills at a show honoring tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

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In District 75, Using the Arts in Everyday Academics

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

With help from a federal grant, special education teachers in New York City are learning how to better incorporate the arts into academics. They're getting new strategies through a program called Everyday Arts for Special Education, which runs on the basic principal that students need to have fun in order to be fully engaged with learning.

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A 'Mean' Message From the P.S. 176 Chorus

Friday, May 04, 2012

Students in the chorus and orchestra at P.S. 176 in Brooklyn included an antibullying song in their spring repertoire: "Mean" by Taylor Swift. In an interview with WNYC's Beth Fertig, the students say the song resonated.

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A Special, Private Midtown Gallery for Student Artwork

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A student art show of over 100 pieces is lining the walls of an investment banking firm. The artists are from 40 middle schools and high schools throughout the city. One student said after seeing his photo framed and on display, "I didn't think this would go so far."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Agnes Gund on Studio in a School

Monday, April 30, 2012

Agnes Gund, one of New York City’s most prominent art collectors, President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, discusses Studio in a School, a non-profit organization she founded that has worked with the Department of Education to enhance art education in New York City’s public schools for 35 years.

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For a Bronx Student, Home Is Poetry

Monday, April 02, 2012

What is it like for a young girl to be uprooted from her home and sent to a new country? A poem by a Bronx high school student evokes sadness, loss and yearning. We publish it here because of its powerful reflection on an experience shared by so many students in New York City.

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Little, and Learning to Be Artists

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A new exhibition displaying art by New York City public school students opened Tuesday at Studio Gallery in Midtown Manhattan. The show, called "Littlest Learners," features the work of prekindergarten through second-grade students from 25 schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

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