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Cuomo Says State Could Impose Teacher Eval Plan By June

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tired of waiting for Mayor Bloomberg and the teachers' union to agree on teacher evaluations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he'd propose a back-up plan for New York City in the form of a budget amendment which would give the state authority to implement its own plan for New York's largest school district.

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Author: Bullying is Serious but Not an Epidemic

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The author of a new book about bullying said taking social capital away from the bullies is key to combating it. There is a lot schools can do to help, Emily Bazelon said, but parents need to do their part too.

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Second Stanford Report Finds Gains for NYC Charters

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Three years after releasing a report finding students at New York City charters schools perform better than their peers at traditional schools, a research center at Stanford University reached the same conclusions and gave high marks, especially, to gains made in mathematics.

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Disappointed School Bus Workers Return to Routes

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bus workers who were a part of the Local 1181 union filled the school buses with gas and got them back on the road Wednesday after their union suspended a bus strike that, to many of them, bore no results or real guarantee of the job protection they sought.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: What Would You Teach?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

If you could teach a class on anything, what would be the topic? What's your micro-specialty - the thing you know so well that you could share with others? It could be anything - a skill, a concept, the history of whatever - as long as you could teach it to someone who would want to learn it. Call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

Jonathan Soma, co-founder of the Brooklyn Brainery, talks about what makes a good topic for a class and the Brainery's mission. 

 

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Schoolbook

Founding Principal Struggles to Realize Vision Despite Budget Cuts

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"We have so many people doing so many things. In a perfect world, if I could staff the way I needed to staff, I’d need 10 more teachers, seriously, in order to get done the things that need to get done," said Principal Cynthia Schneider in the latest Principal's Office interview.

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What Did the Democrats Really Promise the Bus Workers Union?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Part of the reason school bus service in New York City will be restored Wednesday is the support offered the union by the five main Democrats running for mayor. What exactly did they promise? Not much, it seems.

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Principals: Test Scores Should Play Small Part in Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ICYMI: Three principals joined WNYC's Brian Lehrer for a wide-ranging conversation about how they managed their schools and how big changes like Common Core and teacher evaluations affected them. Take a listen and share your thoughts.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What's the Value of Art School?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University's School of the Arts, answers the question what’s the value of art school?  She wrote the article "Art Schools Are All About Potential" on the NEA's blog.  She’ll discuss the cost, curricula, job market, and whether art school is worth the money.

Weigh in: Did you go to art school and would you do it again? Did you consider going and decide against it? Let us know about your experiences—leave a comment!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Big Influence

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gail Collins talks about how Texas influences American politics. Karen Russell discusses her new book of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, examines the value of art school.

Schoolbook

Strike Ended, Walcott Promises Better and Cheaper Bus Service

Monday, February 18, 2013

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott told parents and students to expect a few hiccups as school bus service resumes Wednesday morning.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Teachers, Professors, and Academic Freedom

Monday, February 18, 2013

Marjorie Heins, civil liberties lawyer and founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project, talks about how, in the early 1950s, New York City’s teachers and professors became the targets of massive investigations into their political beliefs and associations. Those who refused to cooperate in the questioning were fired. Her book Priests of Our Democracy tells of the teachers and professors who resisted the witch hunt, those who collaborated, and those whose battles led to landmark Supreme Court decisions. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Principals' Roundtable

Monday, February 18, 2013

Alison Hazut, principal of The Earth School, an East Village elementary school, and Rashid Davis, founding principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn, a collaboration of NYC DOE, IBM, and CUNY, and Dr.Sean Feeney, principal of The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York, talk about the issues facing school principals, including evaluations and budgets.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Testing Universal Pre-K

Monday, February 18, 2013

Motoko RichNew York Times education reporter, talks about the debate over universal Pre-K -- one of the proposals in the president's State of the Union.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Universal Pre-K; Tom Allon; Almost Presidents; Widowhood

Monday, February 18, 2013

 

President Obama proposed Universal Pre-K in his State of the Union address. Motoko Rich, education reporter for The New York Times, talks about what’s known about pre-k education. Then, a panel of principals talk about education in their schools. Plus: Susan Page of USA Today on the latest political news; Tom Allon on his bid to become the Republican candidate for New York City mayor; how to move past grief with optimism; and a President’s Day look of the legacy of the men who lost their bid for president, and how they

President Obama proposed Universal Pre-K in his State of the Union address. Motoko Rich, education reporter for The New York Times, talks about what’s known about pre-k education. Then, a panel of principals talk about education in their schools. Plus: Susan Page of USA Today on the latest political news; Tom Allon on his bid to become the Republican candidate for New York City mayor; how to move past grief with optimism; and a President’s Day look of the legacy of the men who lost their bid for president, and how they stayed relevant.

 

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President Obama proposed Universal Pre-K in his State of the Union address. Motoko Rich, education reporter for The New York Times, talks about what’s known about pre-k education. Then, a panel of principals talk about education in their schools. Plus: Susan Page of USA Today on the latest political news; Tom Allon on his bid to become the Republican candidate for New York City mayor; how to move past grief with optimism; and a President’s Day look of the legacy of the men who lost their bid for president, and how they stayed relevant.

 

 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Protect and Defend

Monday, February 18, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll have the first insider’s account of what happened during the Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans last September 11th. David Ives talks about the off-Broadway production of a group of his short plays under the title “All in the Timing,” along with Carson Elrod, who is one of its stars. Kenny Vance on his latest album, “Acapella." Plus, a look at the New York City teachers and professors who were investigated during the Red Scare in the 1950s and 60s.

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An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The 1970s saw a tidal change in American race relations: for the first time, large numbers of white, black and other children of color began attending school together. It was an experience that shaped

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Schoolbook

Union Suspends School Bus Strike

Friday, February 15, 2013

The month-long school bus strike that affected tens of thousands of New York City children ended Friday, after union leaders were assured by prospective mayoral candidates that their concerns would be heard after this year's election.

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New Standards Teach Science By Doing Science

Friday, February 15, 2013

Two experts of how children learn science have endorsed the proposed changes in K-12 science standards, and they are urging scientists to push for their adoption by state school systems, including New York's.

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The Takeaway

How Important Was Preschool to Your Child's Education?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama called for universal early childhood education. Why? Because research by Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman shows that preschool can make a remarkable difference in children's lives.

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