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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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Schoolbook

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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Schoolbook

A.P. Courses Kill the Fun of Learning

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A student argues that the expansion of A.P. classes, and the pressure to take as many as possible, rewards a test-obsessed approach to education and keeps students from taking more intellectually stimulating classes.

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Schoolbook

DOE Expands Transfer Option to Students in All Phase-Out Schools

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On the first night of school closure hearings, Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg will at least be able to tell angry crowds that more students can now transfer out of their closing schools. He said the expanded transfer plan was part of the city's strategy to expand school choice.

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Schoolbook

Reinventing High School Requires Partners

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

An advocate for expanded learning time says redesigning high school, as President Obama called for in his State of the Union speech, relies on strong outside partners.

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Schoolbook

Obama's Shout Out to P-Tech Highlights Associate Degree Model

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The founding principal of P-TECH in Brooklyn said he is grateful President Obama mentioned the school in his State of the Union speech, and hopes it will prompt the creation of more early college high schools.

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Schoolbook

Yellow Bus Bids Include Dozens of New Companies

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has argued that removing employee protections from school bus contracts will save money. On Tuesday, the education department got its first look at the evidence when it opened bids from 67 companies, almost half of which are new to the city and don't have union workers.

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Schoolbook

Schools Win Respect Awards

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Students at P.S. 380 in Brooklyn hosted this year's celebration of award-winning anti-bullying and tolerance programs in about two dozen schools around the city.

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Report: Child Well Being Depends on Where You Live

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A new report on New York City children's progress highlighted the differences in neighborhoods across the city. In Bayside, nearly 80 percent of kids met reading standards in 2011, almost double the citywide average. In Mott Haven, East Tremont and Morris Heights that number plummets; roughly a quarter of kids in those neighborhoods read at grade level.

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Transportation Nation

School Bus Workers Face Cold Reality of Strike

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tommy and Dina Nero are school bus workers who have been off their route for weeks because of the strike. (Photo by Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

(Stephen Nessen - New York, SchoolBook) Since January, Tommy and Dina Nero have been a presence at the picket lines nearly every day. A bus driver and matron, as well as husband and wife, the couple has been dedicated to their union’s position in the ongoing school bus strike but, as the dispute drags into it second month, they also are facing the real-life challenges of limited pay and not working at a job they love.

“Those children are our children, as far as I’m concerned,” Tommy Nero said. “The children on my bus now, I’ve known them for the last three and-a-half years. So, the parents know us. It’s like a family, an extended family.”

Buses at a depot in the Bronx (photo by Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The school bus strike has disrupted more than 5,000 of the 7,700 routes in the five boroughs. The last time this happened, in 1979, the strike lasted 13 weeks. And with all parties firmly entrenched in their positions, this one doesn’t have an end in sight. For the members of 1181 Amalgamated Transit Union, this means reduced wages and the loss of health care benefits.

And every week on strike has heightened the Neros’ anxieties.

There are the impending bills to pay: the mortgage on their Jackson Heights apartment, building fees, car bills, and college tuition for their 24-year-old son who has one more semester left at John Jay College. Also, Tommy needs a steady supply of inhalers for his asthma, a steep cost without health care.

Dina said she hit her head while doing laundry recently and it caused a big concern.

“I was like please, please don’t let me be bleeding, because I can’t afford to get stitches right now. It’s scary, because everything you do, you’re like ‘Oh I can’t get hurt,’ and it’s so on your mind,” she said.

Dina Nero on strike in the Bronx (photo by Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

During a recent visit to their home, Tommy wore his silver hair slicked back. Under his black driver’s jacket he sported a grey sweatshirt emblazoned with “Alaska,” a memento from better times.

“Alaska was our trip of a lifetime. It was our retirement money. We always wanted to go there. Now, from here on end, we don’t know what we’re doing. All our vacations will be on the fire escape,” Tommy said.

Tommy’s grandfather was a union man, working in steel mills in Harlem. Several of his relatives also are school bus drivers and escorts who are on strike now. He said he’s not only concerned about his job, but about the future of unions in the city.

The union says the strike is about ensuring employee protections are put in all new city contracts, protections that would ensure that companies hire union drivers and matrons, and assign routes based on seniority. The city says it’s illegal to keep the protections in the contract.

The strike has been going on since January 16.

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Schoolbook

First, Drop the Word 'Guidance' from Counselors' Titles

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

School counselors are key to helping students with issues such as time management, college preparation, and emotional well being. But, a CUNY educator said, New York City schools are way behind other school districts when it comes to effective counseling.

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Schoolbook

DOE Outlines Evaluation Training Plan

Monday, February 11, 2013

To avoid losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education money, School Chancellor Dennis Walcott released details on how the city will prepare teachers and school leaders for a new evaluation system in time for the 2013-14 school year.

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Schoolbook

School Bus Companies Sue City

Monday, February 11, 2013

The school bus dispute is heading to court. Three of the bus companies are seeking to immediately do away with the union's employee protections in all bus contracts, not just the batch currently open for bids.

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Schoolbook

Teachers Often Less Satisfied with a School Than Parents

Monday, February 11, 2013

Satisfaction is a metric the annual school surveys try to quantify. SchoolBook's data reporter combed through recent numbers on the site's satisfaction index. He found teachers are often less satisfied with a school than the parents. And School District 19 in outer Brooklyn scored the lowest average satisfaction in the city. Dive into the data yourself and share your findings, and questions.

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Schoolbook

School Bus Workers Face Cold Reality of Strike

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Heading into its second month, the strike by Local 1181 school bus workers has left many long-time drivers and matrons in financial straits, and without the work they love. Still, loyal union members have been showing up at the picket lines and rallies, fighting for job protections they believe they deserve.

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Schoolbook

Walcott: City Has No Role to Play in Ending Bus Strike

Friday, February 08, 2013

At a hearing on the cost of transporting students to school, City Council members pleaded with Chancellor Dennis Walcott to do what he could to to end the school bus strike. Thousands of students have been without yellow bus service since the strike began on Jan. 16. He stuck to the city's position that there is nothing it can do to resolve the standoff.

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Schoolbook

Punctuality Won't Close Middle School Gap

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A mother and child psychologist says the system for middle school admissions reveals the challenges that set some children on a different track from others, and wishes for a better alternatives for everyone.

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Schoolbook

Tackling the Harder Climb to Higher Education

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The same day the city unveiled a web-based college assistance site, two experts on access to higher education explore some of the issues low-income and first-generation college students face. It's one thing to get into college; it's another to pay for it or make it to graduation.

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