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Bond Act Passage Translates to More Seats in NYC Schools

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

New York City is getting a windfall from the 'smart schools' bond act, to the tune of about $780 million to be spent mostly on making more space in overcrowded schools. 
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Common Core Confusion

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

How the tougher academic standards are affecting teachers and students.

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Schoolbook

Weingarten Calls for Moratorium on Common Core Consequences

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The president of the American Federation of Teachers came back home to New York to call for putting "a brake on the stakes." She criticized using new state test results before teachers are fully trained in standards called the Common Core, and curriculum is widely available.

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Schoolbook

More Planning Needed for Special Ed Students Under Common Core

Friday, March 22, 2013

Parents and advocates pressed education officials on how they're anticipating the needs of special education students as instructional goals change. The answer often boiled down to the city schools needing time to adapt the new Common Core learning standards to fit all students in the system.

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Schoolbook

Pre-K, Aligned to Common Core, Still Pretty Fun

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Families have until April 5 to apply for public pre-kindergarten programs in New York City. Schools chancellor Dennis Walcott visited a Brooklyn program Tuesday, noting the importance of "high-quality learning" as well as the 4,000 additional full-day pre-k seats in parts of the city.

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Schoolbook

Writer of Common Core: Fiction Remains Critical

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The president of the College Board defends the role of non-fiction reading in Common Core curricula in an in-depth conversation with radio host Kurt Andersen. He insists fiction will not get short shrift under the new guidelines.

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Schoolbook

We Must Seize the Moment for Reform

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The two top state education officials call for more urgency in reform efforts. They will be speaking at a City & State forum Wednesday morning along with Zakiyah Ansari and others, co-moderated by SchoolBook's Beth Fertig.

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Schoolbook

Old Strategies Hinder Common Core's Success

Thursday, October 11, 2012

An active parent argues that as long as teaching strategies and curricula stay the same, the lofty goals of the Common Core State Standards will not be met.

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Schoolbook

Schoolbook's Guides Explain the City Schools

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The SchoolBook team has added and updated helpful guides explaining the intricacies of the nation's largest school system, which has grown to a total of 1,750 schools this fall. Check them out for the latest on deadlines, rules and a road map to the Department of Education.

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Schoolbook

Teachers Share 'Lament' About the Next Thing

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Schoolbook contributor Arthur Goldstein's acerbic commentary on facing a new innovation at the start of every school year apparently is shared by many in the teaching profession. Teachers from all over the country echoed his frustration in an outpouring of online comments, and they are still streaming in.

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Schoolbook

A Teacher's Lament: The Next Big Thing

Friday, September 14, 2012

One teacher is weary - and wary - of the annual presentation of new ideas.

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Schoolbook

College Readiness is Key Focus This Year

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A top education official outlines the city's goal of improving the quality of learning and teaching so that more students are prepared to enter - and graduate from - college. He says when the focus is on developing resilient and independent thinkers, strong test scores will follow.

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Schoolbook

Never Mind Algebra. Is Literature Necessary?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In an opinion post in response to a recent New York Times essay, a city English teacher writes: "If algebra can be tossed by the wayside, why not Austen?" And he laments, that is already happening. "Bit by bit, the body of English language instruction has been dismembered over the last 15 years or so."

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Schoolbook

Common Core Standards Boon to E-Learning Industry

Friday, August 03, 2012

Educational Web sites for students and teachers are thriving as more states, including New York, adopt the Common Core curriculum and move toward a somewhat more unified system of teaching and testing. E-learning companies see the standards as a great opportunity, but some warn that it is another way of bringing the private sector into public education.

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Schoolbook

The Week That Was: Appealing a Turnaround Decision, Changing No Child Left Behind

Friday, July 06, 2012

Here's a roundup of the news that occurred this week -- including the city's comeback to an arbitrator's rejection of its "turnaround" hiring plans and the Obama administration's re-shaping of the No Child Left Behind law.

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Schoolbook

A Desk for Every Dropout, Every Hour, Every School Day

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Regents, heat, finals, heat, graduation, heat, and confusing end-of-year schedules are on the minds of city school parents, students and teachers this Thursday in June. So as a diversion, let's go to Washington, where a visual stunt on the National Mall tried to focus attention on the state of the nation's schools.

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Schoolbook

Top Education Official Tells New York to Keep Up Reforms

Monday, June 04, 2012

Arne Duncan, the United States secretary of education, urged New York grant makers to support reforms in curriculum, testing and teacher evaluations so that the state -- and the country -- can catch up to the rest of the world.

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Schoolbook

City and Unions Square Off Over Hiring at 24 Struggling Schools

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

City lawyers go to court on Wednesday to argue that attempts by the teachers' and principals' unions to slow down their hiring of new teachers for 24 schools that the Department of Education wants to revamp will have a significant impact on their ability to get the most-qualified candidates.

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City Instructs Schools to Expand Common Core Introduction

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

In an effort to expand the introduction of a new set of learning standards into the city's public schools, officials are asking science and social studies teachers to introduce more reading and writing into students' classwork. This school year, English and math teachers have already begun to adapt their lessons to the new requirements.

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Schoolbook

Educators Debate Boundary Between School and Life

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Using everyday experiences and current events helps students master classroom material, especially if they feel emotionally connected to the issue, educators said at Tuesday's SchoolBook co-sponsored event at WNYC's Greene Space. Here are other take-aways, as well as links to valuable resources, to help teachers incorporate real life into their lessons.

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