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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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Schoolbook

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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Schoolbook

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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Schoolbook

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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Schoolbook

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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Schoolbook

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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Schoolbook

Middle School Principal Boosts Attendance with Incentives

Monday, December 17, 2012

A middle school principal improved attendance with a raffle program, by giving out tickets each morning to kids who showed up on time. Weigh in with your thoughts on incentives, financial or otherwise, to change student behavior.

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Schoolbook

Talking to Children About the CT Shooting

Friday, December 14, 2012

Two experts weigh in on how to discuss Friday's mass school shooting with children. The primary concern, they said, is to emphasize to young people that they are safe.

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Schoolbook

Shooting at CT Elementary School Kills 20 Children

Friday, December 14, 2012

A tragic shooting by a gunman leaves scores dead at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, about 60 miles northeast of New York City. It appears to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

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Schoolbook

Using Hip Hop to Develop Young Scientists

Friday, December 14, 2012

A professor and a hip hop icon have teamed up to help high school students use popular music techniques like rhyme and keen observation to communicate science concepts. The idea is to let students be brilliant about a topic, and to express complex ideas in a way they enjoy. The project will culminate in a musical showdown this spring.

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Schoolbook

City Teachers Pledge $1B in Sandy Rebuilding

Friday, December 14, 2012

New York City’s teachers' pension fund will put $1 billion towards financing construction and repair projects for city roads, bridges, and homes, President Bill Clinton among others announced the unusual arrangement on Thursday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Price of Knowledge

Friday, December 14, 2012

Florida lawmakers are considering charging college students more to study the humanities and less for disciplines tied to in-demand jobs like engineering and tech. Michael Ruse, professor of zoology and philosophy at Florida State University, discusses the pros and cons of this approach. Plus: Asbury Park's post-Sandy recovery progress; following up on E-ZPass and internet addiction; and which books make the best holiday gifts.

Schoolbook

Ready to Press "Submit" on Application

Thursday, December 13, 2012

In our occasional series on the college application process, from the perspective of high school seniors, we hear from a Brooklyn student who struggled with the process largely on her own but gained some satisfaction from the independence.

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Schoolbook

On WNYC: Charter Schools and Attrition

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Reporter Beth Fertig reviews the findings of her Charters & Choices series on The Brian Lehrer Show. DOE data showed that charters have overall lower attrition rates than district schools but the debate remains open - and heated - about what kind of students attend charters and who is most likely to leave.

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Radio Rookies

American Dream - Minus My Mom

Thursday, December 13, 2012

At 17-years-old Tangeneka Taylor moved to the U.S from Guyana with her dad and sister. Along with having to adjust to a new country, she’s had to adjust to life without her mom.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | December 13, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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WNYC News

New Policy For Young Immigrants Creates Paperwork Deluge

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A new law provides a path to temporary legal status for some youth in the U.S. illegally, but families must produce a bevy of documentation to qualify. In California, some school districts have devised new systems to help manage the high demand for data and school transcripts.

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