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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York City's Grad Rate Debate

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New York has just released high school graduation rate numbers -- New York City's 2012 graduation rate was 64.7 percent. NYC's Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky discusses the trends in the rate, and how increased standards will effect graduation numbers.

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James L. Farmer Jr. Advocates Revolutionary Freedoms for African-Americans

Friday, September 21, 2012

"America is being forced to face itself," James Farmer proclaims in this 1963 Overseas Press Club appearance, before discussing the upcoming march on Washington and the historical roots of the civil rights struggle.

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Boro Presidents: Parent Panels Need Better Elections

Monday, October 03, 2011

Four of the city's five borough presidents are calling on state lawmakers to force the city Department of Education to reform its Education Council elections, following widespread confusion during this year's vote.



City's Anti-Bullying Campaign Needs To be Expanded, Advocates Say

Thursday, February 24, 2011


The city's Respect For All anti-bullying campaign in schools isn't comprehensive enough, according to a new survey by anti-discrimination advocacy groups.

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Cuomo's People: Who Will Head the Major Agencies?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011


Governor Andrew Cuomo has named many of the people he is bringing in to run the administration and state agencies. Many departments and agencies are facing potentially deep cuts to the services they provide. Here's the It's A Free Country guide to the people who will be enacting Cuomo's "rightsizing," in order of their agency budget size.

»» Also check out our guide to Cuomo's Team in the Governor's Office

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Parent Forums Begin for Gifted and Talented Tests

Monday, October 18, 2010

Parents interested in having their children tested for gifted and talented programs in the city's public schools can attend information sessions starting Monday night.



IBM and Gates Foundation Fund College-Readiness Programs in NYC Schools

Monday, September 27, 2010

The City University of New York and IBM will open a new high school for grades 9 through 14, as part of a larger initiative to improve graduation rates and college readiness.