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Michelle Rhee Documentary Highlights Tenure in DC Schools

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

TV producer John Merrow discusses the documentary “The Education of Michelle Rhee,” about the former chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools, who is one of the most admired and reviled school reformers in America.

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Teens Say Online Shaming is a Familiar But Confusing Issue

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A Radio Rookies story on sexual cyberbullying sparked a classroom discussion among students from the Academy for Young Writers who said they regularly encounter sexually explicit material online that involves their own classmates or friends.

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Gates Study Finds Test Scores Can Measure Teacher Effectiveness

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A national study of teachers in six districts, including New York City, finds student test scores can be used to measure teacher effectiveness. As the city and the teachers union continue wrangling over a new teacher evaluation system, both sides found fuel for their arguments in the new report.

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More Schools Proposed for Closing Brings Total to 26

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The Department of Education named seven more schools it will seek to close when the Panel for Educational Policy meets in March. That leaves 32 schools still open for business that were under scrutiny. The D.O.E. said it would consider a range of "interventions" to help these struggling schools improve.

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Radio Rookies Host Live Chat on Sexual Cyberbullying

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Radio Rookie Reporter Temitayo Fagbenle will host a live chat for for high school students about the problem of sexual cyberbullying - often of teen girls - on social media. Join the conversation.

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More Schools Return Home Two Months After Sandy

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

By the end of the week, all but two schools displaced by storm Sandy will be back in their original locations. P.S. 288 on Coney Island welcomed back students Monday with great enthusiasm after two months making do at a host school.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lessons Learned

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: We’ll find out how Michelle Rhee’s attempts to reform Washington, D.C.’s, schools made her a highly controversial national figure. Actor Jeff Bridges and his Buddhist teacher Roshi Bernie Glassman talks about their decades-long dialogue on life, friendship, and the movies. Woodcarver David Esterly talks about being asked to replace a destroyed masterpiece. And Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan look at the trade-offs and inefficiencies inherent in every organization—from McDonald’s to Al Qaeda.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Education of Michelle Rhee

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Producer John Merrow discusses the Frontline documentary “The Education of Michelle Rhee,” about the former chancellor of Washington, D.C., public schools, who is one of the most admired and reviled school reformers in America. The film looks at Rhee’s tumultuous three-year tenure as she attempted to fix D.C.’s school system. "The Education of Michelle Rhee" airs tonight at 10 pm on PBS.

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What Parents Need to Know About Possible School Bus Strike

Monday, January 07, 2013

Public school parents are worrying a yellow bus strike could occur at any time. We can't predict the future but we do have answers to some commonly asked questions, including why this is even an issue.

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DOE Seeks to Phase Out 17 Schools in First Wave of Proposed Closures

Monday, January 07, 2013

The first list is out for this year's proposed school closings. It includes six schools in Brooklyn, five in the Bronx, four in Manhattan and two in Queens. Of the 17 schools proposed for phase out or closure, six received grades of F, nine received a D, and two received their third C grade in a row.

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Competition Underway for Best Math Apps

Monday, January 07, 2013

The city has launched a challenge to its high-tech sector: help develop programs that engage middle schoolers in math lessons. The competition runs through April; it's being done in coordination with the iZone program.

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Talk of School Bus Strike Heats Up

Sunday, January 06, 2013

The city continues its efforts to prepare families for a possible bus strike as the drivers' union held a large rally on Sunday. Union leaders say they hope to avoid a job action in favor of negotiated job protection for its experienced bus drivers.

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SCA to Build Annex for Crowded Queens School

Friday, January 04, 2013

One elementary school in crowded District 30 is getting more seats soon. The School Construction Authority announced plans to build an annex slated to open in 2016.

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New Jersey News

Most Eligible Newark Teachers Take a Pass on New Bonus Program

Friday, January 04, 2013

As Newark’s landmark teachers contract begins to be implemented, only about 20 percent of district teachers who can opt to earn bonuses for exemplary evaluations and service in hard-to-fill slots have actually decided to do so.

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War of Words Escalates over Eval Deal

Friday, January 04, 2013

The teachers union is ratcheting up its dispute with the mayor over teacher evaluations, by airing a new television spot that accuses Bloomberg of being the obstacle. The two sides must reach a deal in less than two weeks, or the city will lose $250 million in state aid.

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Walcott Takes Aim at School Bus Drivers' Union

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott accused the union representing school bus drivers of trying to scare parents, and said the city remains prepared if the union strikes over new bids and the lack of job protection for some bus drivers.

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Students Donate Books to Rockaways School

Thursday, January 03, 2013

As schools displaced by flooding and storm damage return to their buildings, and the holiday volunteer buzz fades, communities hard hit by Sandy still face a long recovery. One student recently undertook a book drive to help an elementary school, and he collected over 400 books.

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New Jersey News

Union Fights Computer Learning that Replaces Teachers

Thursday, January 03, 2013

WNYC

New Jersey's largest teacher's union has gone to court to close a Newark charter school where students spend hours each day in front of a computer screen.

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Cuomo Warns Teacher Eval Deadline is Real

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state's deadline for a teacher evaluation deal in two weeks is a "hard deadline," squashing any hopes for a state extension if the city and the teachers union can't reach an agreement.

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Most Schools Relocated by Sandy Return Home

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

As the city's public schools reopen today after the winter break, students and teachers from five schools return to their original buildings for the first time since Sandy and more will return next week. But two will have to wait longer.

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