Education Reform

Radio Rookies

TEEN TALK on Improving NYC Schools

Monday, July 08, 2013


Radio Rookies and the Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) will host an online live chat on Wednesday, July 24th from 1-2 PM, where teens can voice their opinions about and experiences in NYC schools and make suggestions for improvement.

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State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Dropouts to Graduates

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Broadcast times: Saturday at 6am on 93.9FM, 2pm on AM820. Sunday at 7am and 8pm on AM820.

Say you meet a teenager. She’s 16, and she’s dropped out of school. Now, she’s pregnant, due in a few months. She’s on her own, as her boyfriend disappeared when news of the baby came out. She doesn’t have a job, and is hoping her mom won’t kick her out of the house. What would your expectations for her be?

If you’re in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the answer to those questions might be very different from the predictable one of hopelessness and dim futures. That’s because Holyoke is home to the Care Center, an alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens who’ve dropped out of high school.


New Jersey News

Christie Comment Alienates Host

Thursday, March 14, 2013


The African American pastor who hosted Governor Chris Christie's town hall this week has asked the Governor to apologize for his comments about Democratic Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver.

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New Jersey News

Christie Urban Strategy Has Perils

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

At a town hall in Paterson -- only the second out of 102 to be held in an urban church, Gov. Chris Christie criticized Speaker of the Assembly, Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) for blocking his school voucher bill.  Oliver called the comments a racial provocation.


New Jersey News

Special Education Expansion Brings Challenges, Hope to Newark School

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Hechinger Report

Quitman Street Renew School is one of seven buildings that are the focus of plans to improve the Newark public schools. One of it's new programs has brought an influx of special education students, which raises concern that a school with so many kids with high needs will make it hard for the school to pass it's state tests.


It's A Free Country ®

Council Wastes No Time Grilling Walcott on Teacher Layoffs

Friday, April 08, 2011

The City Council Education panel did not spare Schools Chancellor-appointee Dennis Walcott on his second day on the job, attacking Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plans to eliminate 6,000 teaching slots.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Teacher Evaluations and Getting To Know Cathie Black

Monday, December 06, 2010

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York, discusses the upcoming hearing to determine whether teacher effectiveness scores will be released to the public, and what we learned from Cathie Black's first interview.

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The Takeaway

Haiti Gov't Attempts Education Reform

Friday, November 26, 2010

Haiti has barely recovered from the January earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 people, and now the country is in the wake of a full blown cholera epidemic.  That has not stopped the Haitian government from taking on the mammoth task of reforming the country's education system.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Judging Cathie Black

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Javier Hernandez, reporter for the New York Times, discusses Cathie Black's appointment as schools chancellor and how Mayor Bloomberg will frame the request for a waiver from the state education commissioner on her behalf.

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As Klein Departs, Academics Discuss His Legacy

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Did the city's public schools really improve under Chancellor Joel Klein? Now that Klein has resigned to take a job at News Corporation, the debate has only intensified. Mayor Bloomberg announced Klein's departure on Tuesday and the appointment of media executive Cathie Black to replace him.

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It's A Free Country ®

Education Reform? Secretary Arne Duncan Weighs In

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We have to educate our way to a better economy. We have a 25 percent drop-out rate in this country. We're losing about a million children each year from our schools to the streets. That's just economically unsustainable and morally unacceptable and we all have to work together and challenge the status quo.

- Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education on The Brian Lehrer Show,.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fixing Schools

Monday, October 18, 2010

WNYC education reporter Beth Fertig, and Maura Walz and Anna Phillips, reporters with, talk about the new WNYC/GothamSchools "Big Fix" project.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Call In : Are Great Teachers Born or Made?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Elizabeth Green, reporter and editor for Gotham Schools, joins WNYC listeners to share their opinions on whether teaching is a teachable craft.

And don't forget to join Brian for an online chat today at noon on education policy. At the It's A Free Country home page.

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The Takeaway

Do Public Schools Need Religious Studies?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Is the recent Pew Poll that showed most Americans couldn’t pass a test about general world religions an argument for religious education in public schools? And if so, what would a Constitutionally acceptable religious curriculum would look? That’s the question we pose to Charles Haynes, Director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum in Washington, DC, 


The Brian Lehrer Show

Calls for School Reform

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg said he'll end tenure as-we-know-it and President Obama said he supports a longer school year.  Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, and Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter, react to these calls for reform and other recent proposals. 

What do you think of a longer school year?

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The Takeaway

Civil Rights Groups Turn a Critical Eye on Obama's Education Policies

Thursday, July 29, 2010

President Obama is scheduled to speak today on education reform, just days after a team of civil rights groups joined forces to release a policy framework criticizing his education policies. Obama's speech is part of the program for the National Urban League's Centennial Conference this week.

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