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Public Media Takes On Dropout Crisis

Monday, September 24, 2012

More than 100 public television stations broadcasted a seven-hour telethon on Saturday to draw attention to the nation’s high school dropout crisis. It was just one piece of a larger "American Graduate" initiative.

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Schoolbook

Charting the City's Charter School Growth

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Overall, charter schools account for about 10 percent of the city's public schools but in a handful of neighborhods the concentration is much higher. Check out SchoolBook's interactive map that shows the latest data on charters in the city.

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Parental Engagement Declines; Texting Service Slow to Take Off

Sunday, September 23, 2012

More than 2,000 parents signed up for mobile updates in the first week of the new school year. The city says it's expanding outreach to parents as a new report shows a declining number of parents are attending conferences and workshops at their schools.

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Two Reports Reveal Persistent Racial Gaps

Friday, September 21, 2012

The latest national studies on the achievement gap show race and poverty adversely affecting many New York City communities despite slow gains in some areas. Catch up on what you may have missed this week in local education news.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues Follow Up: How They Do It In China

Friday, September 21, 2012

Keith Bradsher, New York Times Hong Kong bureau chief, discusses the case against some of China's trade practices and the implications for U.S. manufacturers--and takes a look at how China approaches education and economic growth.

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Schoolbook

City to Help Parents Become Citizens

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New York City is launching a new effort to help eligible immigrant parents of public school students become U.S. citizens, by offering free legal assistance and loans.

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Cursive May Rebound As Tablet Market Expands

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Since the iPad’s debut in 2010, there’s been an explosion in touchscreen tablet computers and large-screen smartphones, and that means more people have the option to write on screens with digital pens, or styluses. Will this trend affect the teaching of penmanship, particularly cursive? One market analyst said if the price drops low enough the new gadgets very well may prevent cursive from evaporating like disappearing ink.

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New Jersey News

Cerf & Co. Deliver 'State of the Schools' Address

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It’s becoming an annual “State of the Schools” address, with the New Jersey's education commissioner and top lieutenants exhaustively outline the administration’s plans and priorities for the coming year.

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Flushing HS Wins College Readiness Grant

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A struggling high school is getting a vote of confidence after a very hard year. AT&T; Is giving Flushing High School money -- through the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation -- to help with tutors and college advisors.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Listen: Gordon Fox on Education

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

That's My Issue is WNYC's project to gather stories of how personal experience has shaped your politics. Here Gordon Fox of Rhode Island tells his story - live from that Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC

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WNYC News

Chicago's Mayor Emanuel Asks Court To Order Teachers Back To School

Monday, September 17, 2012

The city argues that the strike is prohibited by state law. Teachers want more time to consider a tentative contract. One of the key issues concerns an evaluation system that bases much of teachers' pay on students' standardized test scores.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Does Cheating Happen?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Scandals at Stuyvesant High School and Harvard have raised questions about how prevalent cheating is. Robert Kolker, writer for New York Magazine, discusses his recent article on research into the causes of cheating.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Educating for Tomorrow, K-12

Monday, September 17, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Comparing the candidates' public education policies, from kindergarten through high school. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Schoolbook

Final Job Fair for Teachers Seeking Work

Sunday, September 16, 2012

As is the routine at the beginning of each school year, teachers without permanent positions line up at recruitment fairs and apply for work. About 1,800 teachers remain on the city’s payroll without jobs. They’ll have a chance to meet hiring principals at the season's final recruitment fair this Wednesday.

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Schoolbook

Hollywood Film Puts Teachers on Defensive

Sunday, September 16, 2012

As schools in Chicago remain closed Monday, and the teacher's strike stretches into a second week, the brutal landscape of education politics is laid bare for all to see. Add to the mix a Hollywood movie that seems to blame the teachers' union for failing schools, and it's easy to understand why teachers may feel defensive.

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WNYC News

Hollywood Film Puts Teachers on the Defensive

Sunday, September 16, 2012

As schools in Chicago are expected to re-open Monday, the scars from the week-long strike remain. The brutal landscape of education politics was laid bare for all to see. Add to the potent mix a Hollywood movie that seems to blame the teachers' union for failing schools, and it's easy to understand why teachers may feel defensive. WNYC’s Beth Fertig went to a screening of the film, “Won’t Back Down,” with some city educators to discuss the portrayal of their profession in the media.

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WNYC News

Chicago Teachers Say They Have Outline Of A Deal To End Strike

Friday, September 14, 2012

Negotiators for the Chicago teachers union and the public school system appear closer to a possible contract agreement, but the strike continues for a fifth day.

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Schoolbook

A Teacher Evaluation Method That Actually Works

Friday, September 14, 2012

A first-hand appraisal of a system to assess teachers that has the support of both the Department of Education and the teachers' union.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Teeny Little Bounce Gabfest

Friday, September 14, 2012

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: An embassy breach, a modest bounce and a union battle.

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WNYC News

Teacher Evaluation Dispute Echoes Beyond Chicago

Thursday, September 13, 2012

One of the sticking points in the Chicago teachers' strike is how teachers should be evaluated — and the role student performance should play. Districts are grappling with the issue nationwide, but there's little agreement on how to implement such a system well.

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