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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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Schoolbook

Opinion: Seventh Grade Matters. A Lot.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says adults have a big role to play in the lives of pre-teens. They should be firm yet flexible, and maintain a healthy sense of humor.
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There Are Fewer New Teachers. And No One Seems Surprised.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Our recent post struck a nerve. Here's a sample of the responses. Now, tell us the other side of the story.

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Bronx High School of Science Teacher Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Friday, March 06, 2015

Federal authorities have charged a Bronx high school teacher with producing, receiving, and possessing child pornography.
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The School Where Everyone Fills Out The FAFSA

Friday, March 06, 2015

At a Chicago high school, 100 percent completion isn't the goal. It's expected.

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Schoolbook

Report: More Barriers to Diversity at Specialized High Schools Than Test

Friday, March 06, 2015

Holistic admissions criteria may only modestly diversify the racial make-up at New York City's most competitive high schools. A new approach would benefit one group, however: girls. 
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Schoolbook

City Shuts Down Two Troubled Charter Schools

Thursday, March 05, 2015

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New York City education officials took the unusual step to close two charters, effective this June, because of persistently low performance and weak leadership.
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All Things Considered

Why Some Parents Are Sitting Kids Out Of Tests

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Sixty percent of parents think there is too much emphasis on testing. Are they right?

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Schoolbook

Nearly Half of NYC High School Applicants Accepted to First Choice

Thursday, March 05, 2015

About 92 percent of students got into at least one of their high school choices. But almost 6,000 students didn't get a match and will have to reapply in Round 2.
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Why Is Milwaukee So Bad For Black People?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

It might surprise you that Wisconsin schools hand out suspensions to black students at the highest rate in the country. If so, you've probably never lived in Milwaukee.

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The Takeaway

The Politics of Religious Holidays & School Breaks

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Muslim-Americans campaigning for school days off on holy holidays got a victory in New York. Other communities have recently struck religious holidays from the calendar. Who's right?

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The Legacy Of Booker T. Washington Revisited

Thursday, March 05, 2015

In the centennial year of Booker T. Washington's death, for our 50 Great Teachers project NPR Ed decided to look back at his leadership.

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Morning Edition

In Berlin, Grassroots Efforts Work To Integrate Inner-City Schools

Thursday, March 05, 2015

In parts of the city, racial segregation in schools is often a reality. But small parent-led initiatives — one immigrant-led, one native-led — have been working to change perceptions and enrollment.

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Schoolbook

Education Lobby Day in Albany Brings Out Two Sides

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The city's teachers union sees the solution in more funding for traditional public schools. Charter school proponents want alternatives.
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All Things Considered

In LA, Clearing A Backlog Of Aging Instruments

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The district has made progress, but many students are stuck with broken strings, squeaky horns and out-of-tune pianos.

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All Things Considered

The Magic Trick That Could Help Students Pay For College

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The IRS and the Department of Education already have the power to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid easier without cutting questions. So why haven't they?

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Morning Edition

Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Lots of politicians are calling for a shorter FAFSA — the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It now has more than 100 questions. But, it turns out, shortening the FAFSA is a tall order.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A New Clinton Scandal, A Habitable Moon, and Science For Sale

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a new scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton, we explore what a habitable moon would look like, and we discuss the corporate business of buying experts.        

Schoolbook

City Schools Aspire To Up Their 'PROSE'

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Chancellor Carmen Fariña (on left) visits Brooklyn to encourage other schools to follow a new teaching model.
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City: Nearly Half of NYC Students In Overcrowded Schools

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

New York City Council members claim overcrowding in the public schools is a result of bad math: available space is overcounted, projected student demand is undercounted. Go figure.
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