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Carol and Joe Reich on Education Reform

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Carol Reich and Joe Reich talk about their role in the education reform movement. Getting to Bartlett Street: Our 25-Year Quest to Level the Playing Field in Education is the story of how they started one of the first charter schools in the country in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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New Tech City

The Effect of Touchscreens and Social Media on Kids, Plus 3D Printing

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Americans have purchased millions of smartphones, tablet computers and other digital tech this holiday season, and many of those gifts are showing up under Christmas trees this morning.

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Schoolbook

Off for the Holidays, See You in 2013

Monday, December 24, 2012

As the city schools close for winter break, Schoolbook also takes off until January 2, 2013.

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Arm the Schools? NYC Educators and Parents Respond to NRA's Proposal

Friday, December 21, 2012

The NRA's proposal to put armed security guards or police officers in every public schools was mostly met with outrage by parents, teachers and educators in New York City. We have a roundup of views plus one Staten Island parent's call for using retired police officers to bolster school security.

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A Big "Wow" from Bronx Middle Schoolers

Friday, December 21, 2012

Some Bronx middle schoolers visited Google this week to show off projects they developed with the help of mentors.

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City Readies for Possible School Bus Strike

Friday, December 21, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg is warning students and parents to prepare for a possible school bus strike as soon as January 2nd.

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Panel Approves Nine New Charters

Friday, December 21, 2012

In its final public meeting for 2012, the city's Panel for Educational Policy approved nine new charters schools and also approved a resolution to keep school lunches at the current price of $1.50, instead of $2.50 as proposed by the mayor.

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Do Extra Security Measures Really Make Schools Safer?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Schools across the country have been reviewing their safety plans since the deadly shooting in Newton, Connecticut. New York City has 5000 school safety agents who are trained by the N.Y.P.D. They guard the entrances of every public school, and there are 88 schools with metal detectors. But is this enough? WNYC's Beth Fertig spoke with WNYC's Marc Garber about the psychology of school safety.

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The Takeaway

Freedom University: An Education for Georgia's Undocumented

Thursday, December 20, 2012

President Obama will likely take on immigration reform in his second term, but, for now, it's nearly impossible for undocumented students to attend college in Georgia. That's why University of Georgia professor Betina Kaplan founded Freedom University, a free school that provides classes for undocumented immigrants. Maricela Delgado is one of Kaplan’s students at Freedom University.

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A Charter Booster Says He's Helping Parents Find New Choices

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A controversial charter school planned for Northern Brooklyn got a big boost from a local supporter of charters. We sat down with Eric Grannis, of the Tapestry Project, to ask why he thought the community needed a new charter. He said he met with parents to hear what they wanted, and then picked a school that fit that description. But he insists the drive to approve the school at tonight's Panel for Educational Policy meeting came from the families, not him.

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New Charter for Northern Brooklyn Fuels Debate Over Gentrification

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Charter schools typically open in low income and minority neighborhoods where parents say they’re desperate for better schools. But a few charters are now opening in whiter, wealthier areas where residents like their local schools. The Panel for Educational Policy will vote tonight on a new charter in the Williamsburg-Greenpoint area. The charter says it's trying to get a more diverse range of families. But not everyone trusts its motives.

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City Scraps Change to G&T Policy, and Other News of Note

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The city has scrapped a change in policy that would have taken away the sibling priority for children who test into gifted and talented programs. In other news, the Panel for Educational Policy is poised to approve seven more charter schools and the teachers union says it won't continue to negotiate the details of a new teacher evaluation deal unless the chancellor clarifies how it will roll out in the schools.

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Change in G&T Sibling Preference Policy Will Divide Families

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Two parents argue against the city's proposal to modify the current preference given to siblings who qualify for the most coveted gifted and talented programs. The proposal will be voted on Thursday by the Panel for Educational Policy.

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Transportation Nation

Washington Governor Proposes New Fuel Tax For Education

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

(photo by Larry Darling via flickr)

(Derek Wang - Seattle, KUOW) Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing a new wholesale vehicle fuel tax to help cover the costs of getting kids to school.

Currently, school districts help pay for students' transportation needs, but a recent court ruling says state government is not doing enough to support education. That includes education-related transportation.

Gregoire’s solution? A new tax on refineries to basically pay for school bus costs. Her plan was included in her 2013-2015 budget proposal, which is required under state law. Gregoire said her fuel-tax proposal is directed at oil producers, not consumers.

"Let’s be clear," she says, "the five top oil companies in America, in the first six months of this year, had over $60 billion in profits. So I expect them to do this without passing this on to consumers."

[Also at KUOW: Not Easy To Find Room For Ocean Energy]

Gregoire’s proposal would cost fuel wholesalers about 5 cents a gallon in the first year, 8 cents a gallon by 2015 and 12 cents a gallon in 2017.

State Senator Andy Hill is the likely chairman of the Senate budget committee. He opposes the plan and predicts that the new fuel tax would get passed down to consumers. “That really hurts the middle class as they fill up their tanks," explains Hill. "I think when you ask the average voter, when you ask about transportation, they think about roads, bridges, tunnels, ferries. They don’t think about school buses.”

Fellow Republicans say the state doesn’t need to raise taxes to pay for education.

[Also at KUOW: Another Dock Washes Ashore In Wash., Possibly From Japanese Tsunami]

Gregoire’s plan would need to be approved by two-thirds of the Legislature and Governor-elect Jay Inslee. A spokesman for Inslee wouldn’t say whether the incoming governor supports Gregoire’s plan. The spokesman said Inslee will lay out his own budget plan during the upcoming legislative session.

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Schoolbook

Union-Run Charter School In Fight for Survival

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A charter school run by the teachers union is at risk of being closed next year, because of poor test scores. The school's low report card puts it in an awkward situation, because it was opened five years ago to prove charters and unions can work together.

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Former Schools Chancellor Frank Macchiarola Dies

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Former New York City schools chancellor, Frank Macchiarola, died Tuesday at the age of 71. He led the city schools under Mayor Ed Koch, after the fiscal crisis caused steep cuts to education.

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Managing the Stress of Applying to College

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In our series on the college application process, this high school senior shares how she found guidance from adults at her school and after-school programs who helped her tackle the process while juggling a full load of work and other commitments. Now she is waiting for those acceptance letters to roll in.

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City Parents Say Talking about Newtown Shooting is Difficult

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

School districts including New York City are reviewing their safety plans in the wake of Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The city's department of education also sent suggestions to staffers for calming students who want to talk. WNYC's Yasmeen Khan and Kathleen Horan checked in with parents and students at schools in Park Slope and Brownsville to see how they've discussed the shooting.

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A Moment of Silence and Safety Reviews in City Schools Post-Newtown

Monday, December 17, 2012

New York City schools are paying tribute to the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in different ways. Some principals called for a moment of silence. At other schools, students wore green and white -- Sandy Hook's school colors.

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CT Teacher Puts Lessons Aside to Talk About Shooting

Monday, December 17, 2012

Students and teachers in New York City and around the country are back in their classrooms on Monday, and many will hold discussions on the school shooting on Friday in Newtown, Conn. SchoolBook wants to know how students and teachers are processing the information together.

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