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That Batboy Job With the Yankees? It's a Bronx School Perk

Sunday, July 01, 2012

It used to be -- for the most part, anyway -- that batboy aspirants or their parents knew somebody with an insider connection to the Yankee organization. Or they knew somebody who knew somebody. But once the Yankees announced their new stadium plans, in 2005, they also began reaching out to schools in the surrounding Bronx community to fill a number of their batboy slots. And this year, Edwin Tavarez, who just graduated from the Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports, and Bryan Jimenez, a new graduate of the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice, can be found wearing pinstripes and catching fly balls on the Yankee Stadium field. See the video report, too.

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WNYC News

Student Loan Deal Pales Against Other Education Cuts

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Congress passed a bill Friday to keep the interest rate on government-backed student loans from doubling. It's a victory for students, but other compromises by Congress could cost them a lot more in the long run.

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Schoolbook

School Districts Team Up to Demand Better Textbooks

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New York City's Department of Education is joining forces with 30 other school districts to demand textbooks that are in sync with the new Common Core standards. At a panel on Thursday, some school officials said companies were trying to slip materials by them, with stickers that say things like, "Common Core Ready."

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Court Denies City's Revocation of Williamsburg School's Charter

Thursday, June 28, 2012

UPDATED | In a ruling announced on Thursday, Judge Ellen M. Spodek of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn wrote that the city's decision this year to revoke Williamsburg Charter High School's charter, despite having renewed it in 2009, was "arbitrary and capricious" and "not corroborated by any policy, regulation or protocol established by the D.O.E."

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This Could Be the Foodiest School in New York

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Many public schools incorporate food — its production, nutritional value and place in the larger culture — into their curriculums, And at certain private schools lunchtime can include braised meats and Korean meatloaf. But at P.S. 150, a school of fewer than 200 students in TriBeCa, an appreciation for food is an integral part of student life, interwoven into the culture of the school and shared by the families who send their children there, many of whom have sophisticated palettes themselves.

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Despite End-of-Year Confusion, Attendance Was on Par With Last Year

Thursday, June 28, 2012

According to Department of Education officials, attendance on Wednesday was at 79.4 percent, a mere .2 percentage points lower than the rate for the last day of school in 2011 -- despite the fact that many schools had canceled classes on Monday and Tuesday because the city had clocked none of its allotted snow days this year.

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New Congressional Nominee Favors Subsidizing Private Schools

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, hot off primary night where he won the Democratic nomination for Congress, set off a controversy when he came out in favor of support for private and religious schools -- but not for vouchers.

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City and Union Collaborate on New Community Hubs

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The teachers' union and the Education Department are joining forces to provide more social and medical services to students and their families at six schools, which will serve as community hubs.

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Teachers Starting to Hear if They Are Part of Turnaround Plan

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Thousands of teachers at 24 "turnaround" schools are learning whether they have been selected to come back in the fall, but hiring decisions are still subject to an arbitrator's decision later this week.

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For Graduates of City's New Schools, Tradition Is What They Say It Is

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

For students, being part of a new school meant designing the student council, instituting annual traditions during the school year, deciding on school colors, school cheers and events. It also meant major preparations for the first graduation, with the added responsibility of setting the tone for younger classmates by coming up with specific ideas that could set their school's event apart from others. And of course there were a few pitfalls -- like, in the case of Pan American International High School, discovering that if you order the yearbook in May, it won't be there on time for graduation day.

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New Jersey News

As High School Winds Down, Rising Senior Hopes to Be a Cut Above

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dylan D'Angelo, 17, will be a senior at Leonia High School in New Jersey this fall. And while many of his peers will be thinking about applying to four-year colleges, D'Angelo day-dreams about shearing his own path to pursue something he loves: cutting hair.

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Schoolbook

A Mock Trial Over Genocide, Meant to Help Students Face History

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

On a recent Wednesday morning, at the Bronx Hall of Justice, Augustin Bizimungu, the former Rwandan army chief, was being grilled by a prosecutor over his role in the Rwandan genocide. Luckily for him, the stakes at this second trial were much lower than at his first. In fact, all that really hung in the balance was a grade, since the trial was being conducted by a class of sophomores from the Facing History School, a small high school in Manhattan that set up the mock trial to help students learn the importance of ethical decision-making.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gamer Girls

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sarah Lippman and Julia Weingaertner, 8th grade students at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and designers of the "Animal Inequalities" computer game, and Alicia Testa, a technology integrator and computer and math teacher at the school, talk about the class project that got middle school girls thinking about computer programming and won awards at the National STEM Video Game Challenge.

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New City Budget Restores Money for Day Care and After-School Programs

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The annual city budget dance has ended, and the City Council and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have waltzed to a deal for $68.5 billion that includes no tax increases, no firehouse closings, no widespread layoffs of teachers or others — and, in fact, slight increases to some services for children and families.

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For City Parents, Frustration Over Rising Cost of Public School

Monday, June 25, 2012

Despite the long-held ideal that public education should be free, parents in New York City are finding themselves paying for an increasing number of things, like class trips and basic supplies.

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Test Expert: State Exam Problem Is Worse than Reported

Monday, June 25, 2012

A retired senior analyst in city government who is a testing expert has questions for the state and Pearson about this spring's tests — and preparedness for next year's. Among the questions: How many operational questions were left on the state English and math exams, upon which important decisions affecting students, teachers and schools will be made? Will there be enough field-tested questions to make next year's testing more reliable? The expert, Fred Smith, explains why he sees more trouble ahead.

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Jill Hoder: Take Public Education Personally

Monday, June 25, 2012

In the final Principal's Office interview of the 2011-12 school year, Jill Hoder, principal of P.S. 161 Arthur Ashe School in Queens, said data helps the school personalize the learning experience for its diverse student body and in inclusion classes that accommodate a special-needs population of 13 percent. "The mission and the motto in this building is that we take public education personally. What you do or what you need to learn is gravely different from what the person next to you needs to learn."

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In Student Awards Season, Thinking About the Ones We Don't Give

Monday, June 25, 2012

A middle school teacher in the Bronx writes: What about the awards we don't hand out to students? "How about an award for my student who isn’t the best or the fastest, but who always helps her peers, and is kind when they don’t understand something? Or for the student who brightens everyone’s days with his sense of humor, and his perfect comedic timing in a tense moment? Where do I find the award for the child who has overcome the most this year -- who has been heroic in his or her personal survival?"

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The Takeaway

Saving the World One Controller at a Time

Monday, June 25, 2012

What if all of the time and energy spent playing video games could be energy spent for good? At the ninth annual Games for Change Festival in New York City, game developers, designers, publishers, and players gathered together to explore the greater potential for games.

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New Jersey News

NJ Assembly to Weigh Dramatic Teacher Tenure Reforms

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Assembly is expected to take up deliberations Monday on the most dramatic reforms of New Jersey’s teacher tenure law since the state became the first in the nation to put K-12 tenure on the books in 1909.

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