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At This Camp, Kids Learn To Question Authority (And Hack It)

Friday, August 17, 2012

DefCon Kids grew out of the largest, most important gathering of computer hackers on the planet. This camp encourages kids to take a hard, skeptical look at the machines that surround them, and teaches them to hack apart everything they can lay their hands on.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Learning with the Lights Off

Friday, August 17, 2012

Dan Streible, Devin Orgeron, and Marsha Orgeron discuss how educational films, the influential form of filmmaking seen by millions of people, reveal 20th century preoccupations and values. Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States is a collection of essays that address the role of educational films inside and outside the classroom.

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Schoolbook

Seeking Real Diversity In New Schools

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools explains why she is opening schools in more affluent and whiter neighborhoods in the city than where she started her charter school network. The answer is not for the fun of controversy and heated public hearings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: For-Profit Colleges

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Village Voice contributor Chris Parker looks at the multibillion dollar world of for-profit colleges on today’s first Backstory segment. A number of for-profit colleges have been known to charge premium rates for a questionable education. Parker's article "For-Profit Colleges Only a Con Man Could Love" appears in the August 1 issue of the Village Voice.

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Schoolbook

Never Mind Algebra. Is Literature Necessary?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In an opinion post in response to a recent New York Times essay, a city English teacher writes: "If algebra can be tossed by the wayside, why not Austen?" And he laments, that is already happening. "Bit by bit, the body of English language instruction has been dismembered over the last 15 years or so."

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Schoolbook

Group Faults Police as Overly Aggressive in Schools

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The police made 882 arrests in New York City public schools last year, according to an analysis of police data by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Andrew Delbanco, Director of American Studies at Columbia University, explains why he worries that the traditional four-year college experience—a time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values—is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. In his book College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, he offers a defense of such an education, and argues that making it available to as many young people as possible remains central to America's democratic promise.

Share your thoughts: Did you find college worthwhile? Do you think the standard four-year college education should change?

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Schoolbook

Audit Finds Faulty Expenses at Two Schools

Monday, August 13, 2012

An audit by the state comptroller chastises James Madison High School and Herbert Lehman High School for sloppy accounting. Tweed officials say most of the expenses were appropriate but they are working with the schools on improved accounting practices.

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Schoolbook

Tutoring Not Required Under a Federal Waiver

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The city says certain struggling schools no longer have to use their federal money to pay for tutoring services offered free to students, now that New York has won a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. The change has left school communities wondering what extra support will be available in the new school year.

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Schoolbook

Ravitch v. Rhee Fills Summer Lull

Friday, August 10, 2012

Reformists of different stripes staked out their territory on the air and online this week. And SchoolBook updated its data to reflect the latest scores, school numbers and survey results. Check out your school page.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Diane Ravitch on School Performance and Standardized Testing

Friday, August 10, 2012

Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University, author of the "Bridging Differences" blog at Education Week and also author of  The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, follows up on a discussion about school performance and the frustration some teachers feel about standardized testing.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Michelle Rhee's Education Reform

Friday, August 10, 2012

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington DC school system and now the head of Students First NY, talks about the New York State advocacy group she's founded that's being described as a counter to the teachers' union. 

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Schoolbook

Summer Snapshot From Sunset Park

Thursday, August 09, 2012

A summer day in one Brooklyn neighborhood. Part-time classes, short-term jobs, handball and the Olympics.

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New Jersey News

Christie Administration Looks to Outside Experts for School Turnaround Strategies

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

As the Christie administration considers its options for how to improve the lowest of the state’s low-performing schools, it will be leaning heavily on a group out of Washington, D.C., that is finding itself more and more in the education limelight.

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Schoolbook

What's Your Score?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

SchoolBook has updated its schools data, and the pages for all public schools (that includes charters) now have the latest available information on: English language arts and math scores for grades 3 to 8; parent survey results; Regents exam results; graduation rates; SAT scores, and official public school enrollment, broken down by race.

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Schoolbook

Interim Principal Named for Stuyvesant High School as Cheating Inquiry Unfolds

Monday, August 06, 2012

Jie Zhang, an educator and administrator in the New York school system for more than two decades, will take over for Stanley Teitel, who announced his retirement amid a cheating inquiry last week.

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Schoolbook

How to 'Talk Back' to Digital Deluge

Monday, August 06, 2012

More than 40 percent of teens in a recent survey said they felt "addicted" to their cellphones. The founder of Common Sense Media offers advice for parents who want to set boundaries on digital use at home. He says the adults have to model behavior they want children to follow, including taking their own "timeouts" from screens and phones.

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Schoolbook

Proposed Charters Get Public Hearings

Monday, August 06, 2012

Hearings are being held this month on charter schools that plan to open in the Bronx, on Staten Island and in East Harlem and Brooklyn in the fall of 2013. See the schedule and details.

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Schoolbook

Stuyvesant Principal to Step Down

Friday, August 03, 2012

Stanley Teitel, the principal of Stuyvesant, will step down Sept. 1, the Education Department announced Friday afternoon. Officials provided few details on the resignation, but said a replacement would be named early next week. Meanwhile, summer school wrapped up this week. And the 24 schools ensnared in the turnaround fight between the unions and the city were told to focus on a smooth start in September. This, and a Twitter fight, in the weekly wrap up.

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The Takeaway

No Child Left Behind Conflicts with Desegregation Policy in Louisiana

Friday, August 03, 2012

Like many schools since No Child Left Behind was enacted, Rayville Elementary School is required to allow its students to transfer to a better school in the district because it has received a failing grade, but not if those students are white.

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