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Student Chefs Cook for Top Prize

Monday, January 21, 2013

Nutrition taught through competitive cooking. A program run by Montefiore Hospital is teaching teens what it takes to cook and eat healthy food.

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State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Summer in Sanctuary - An American Graduate Special

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Every day in America, more than 7,000 students drop out of school. In a State of the Re:Union first, this episode combines radio drama and documentary to explore America’s dropout epidemic through the intimate story of one man’s attempt to make a difference in the lives of a group of high-risk kids. Based on the celebrated off-broadway show by SOTRU host Al Letson, this episode chronicles Letson’s journey teaching at a summer camp at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida.

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Schoolbook

With No Teacher Deal, State Threatens to Withhold More Money

Friday, January 18, 2013

A day after New York City and its teachers union failed to reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system, State Education Commissioner John King said the two sides are still legally obligated to continue negotiations. He's nudging the Bloomberg administration and teachers' union back into talks by threatening to withhold more aid from New York City.

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WNYC News

Stable Credit Outlook for Universities in NYC

Friday, January 18, 2013

The credit ratings agency Moody's recently revised its outlook for the U.S. higher education sector from "stable" to "negative" but universities in New York City have a better outlook than most.

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Schoolbook

Why City School Busing is So Expensive

Friday, January 18, 2013

The war between City Hall and union representing school bus workers has been a long time coming. For decades, the industry has been tarnished by scandals and by concerns about runaway costs.

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Schoolbook

Failed Evaluation Talks Widely Denounced

Friday, January 18, 2013

The failure of the city and the teachers' union to reach a deal Thursday on a teacher evaluation plan drew criticism from stakeholders and observers nearly across the ideological and political spectrum.

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Schoolbook

UFT and City Fail to Reach Evaluation Deal

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The teachers' union and the city walked away from a deal they both say was essentially hammered out. As a result, city schools face more budget cuts.

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Schoolbook

Potent Mix of Politics Shapes Current Education Debate

Thursday, January 17, 2013

SchoolBook's regular contributor, and English teacher, lays out the educational landscape in New York City, replete with competing candidates and unresolved issues that will define 2013, and beyond, for the city schools.

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Schoolbook

Attendance Drops for Special Ed Students on First Day of Bus Strike

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The first school bus strike in more than 30 years has caused attendance to fall at schools serving the neediest special education students, because their pupils rely on yellow buses. Parents are using mass transit and driving their children to school. Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg and the union representing drivers and bus escorts continue to disagree about whether the city can drop long-time employee protections from bus contracts that are now going out for bid.

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Schoolbook

Mayoral Candidates Walk Fine Line on Bus Strike

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The bus strike presents a challenge in a mayoral election year. Democrats, who are closely aligned with labor, can't afford to look unsympathetic to families whose children are stranded by the strike. Here's a round-up of what the presumed and declared Democratic and Republican candidates are saying.

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Schoolbook

As Bus Strike Begins, City and Union Hold Firm

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

About half of the city's 7,700 yellow bus routes were not operating on this wet Wednesday morning, as bus drivers and escorts took to the picket lines. The union called on City Hall to ensure job security for its members but the mayor said the issue is not open for negotiation.

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Schoolbook

Families Face Commuting Nightmare During Bus Strike

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Although many parents support the drivers' concerns about job security, a yellow bus strike will throw finely honed schedules into chaos.

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Schoolbook

City, Union Hit Road Block on Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Progress stalled in talks between the teachers' union and the city on a teacher evaluation system, with both sides pointing fingers.

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Schoolbook

Legal Standoff Over Employee Protections at Heart of Strike

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

As school bus drivers and escorts prepare to strike, we look at what drove the two sides apart. The union claims the city is reneging on a promise to include employee protections in future contracts that guarantee wages and seniority rights. But the city claims a 2011 court ruling nullified those protections.

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Schoolbook

Quinn Calls for Less Testing, More Community Input

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn outlined her views on education Tuesday. She backed many of the changes implemented under Mayor Bloomberg but also argued for less emphasis on standardized tests and more of a role for parents.

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Schoolbook

City Prepares Families for Bus Strike

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Education officials are spreading the word via the media and old-fashioned letters in the backpack to inform families of the city's protocol for an expected school bus strike. Even with the information blast, there are many open questions about which routes will be affected and how long the strike may last.

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The Takeaway

Why STEM Education Needs the Arts, Too

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The national agenda on competitiveness and investing in education is centered on the acronym STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is these subjects that officials say need to be stressed in public schools to drive the future of the United States economy. But some educators, including John Maeda, think there is a spelling problem here.

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Schoolbook

Union Plans School Bus Strike Wednesday Morning

Monday, January 14, 2013

More than 150,000 students face major disruptions to their school commute this week as the union representing many school bus drivers called a strike starting Wednesday morning. The union wants to protect the jobs of experienced bus drivers and matrons when the city seeks new bids on expiring bus contracts.

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Schoolbook

On Longer School Day: Second Shift Model Works Best

Monday, January 14, 2013

A proponent of the longer school day argues extended hours are as effective as the energy and thought put into them. New York should learn from other states and implement only those extended school programs that really work.

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Schoolbook

Teacher Evaluation Talks to Continue Over Weekend

Friday, January 11, 2013

With time running out, the Bloomberg administration and the teachers union have cleared their schedules to continue negotiations on getting a teacher evaluation deal in place by the state's deadline of next Thursday.

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