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Inside the Test Prep Industry for NYC Gifted Programs

Monday, June 09, 2014

Families have until June 9 to register for a seat in one of the city's gifted programs. To get this far in the process, many families started at the same place: A test prep center where tutors coax their little students to focus, focus, focus. 

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The Takeaway

Proposal Looks to Ease the Burden of Student Debt

Monday, June 09, 2014

President Obama is issuing an executive order today ensuring that young people who take out federal loans have their loan payments capped at 10 percent of their monthly incomes. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Looking Back to Move Forward

Monday, June 09, 2014

Karen Greenberg, the head of Fordham’s Center on National Security, looks at how we think about national security a year after Edward Snowden announced the NSA leaks, and a week after a prisoner exchange freed an American soldier and five Guantanamo detainees. Plus: a round-up of the political news out of Albany; a program that runs cooking classes in NYC public schools, teaching kids not just how to cook but how to shop for healthy food on a budget; and a look at the US men’s soccer team’s style and a preview of what’s to come as the team heads to Brazil for the World Cup. 

All Things Considered

San Diego State Wants To Draw Students In With Zombies

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Zombies are so popular with young people, that some colleges and universities have classes where students dissect the undead as metaphor.

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Words Unlocked Free Voices Of Young Offenders

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Aaron Martin's poem, "Meth," won this year's poetry contest for youths serving time in correctional facilities. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Martin and his teacher, Kim DeForest.

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Job Outlook Brightens For Graduates, Though Problems Linger

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Class of 2014 is coming into a labor market that now offers a record number of jobs. But May's employment report also shows 9.8 million people remain out of work, and the jobless rate is stuck.

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Schoolbook

Student-Poets Open Up Using Rhyme and Meter

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Seven finalists in a poetry slam for middle schoolers read their work to an audience. “The cloth I wear on my head does not define me,” said one student. “Don’t be scared by my scarf. It covers my hair not my heart.”

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Bad Grammar, Boston Accents, and Music as Therapy

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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Schoolbook

Critics Warn City's School Construction Plan Comes Up Short

Friday, June 06, 2014

A new report claims Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is on the verge of making the same mistakes made by his predecessors by not building enough school seats to keep up with demand.

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The Takeaway

LeVar Burton Aims to Bring Back 'Reading Rainbow'

Friday, June 06, 2014

LeVar Burton wants to bring “Reading Rainbow” to the web and into classrooms. He’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to to raise a funds with the goal of giving "Reading Rainbow" away to low-income schools for free. He says there’s simply not enough quality educational programming for kids.

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The Takeaway

An Inside Look at The World's Next Great Artists

Friday, June 06, 2014

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have recognized the creative accomplishments of teenagers across the country. Previous winners include Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath and Lena Dunham. This week, Ellie Braun and Jack Rayson join their ranks.

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WNYC News

Will These Ninth Graders Make the Bronx Healthier?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Steering students toward healthcare careers, HERO High aims to tackle several endemic problems in the Bronx: unemployment, poor health, and high college drop-out rates.

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Schoolbook

Opinion: Chancellor Should Take a Stand on Field Testing

Friday, June 06, 2014

An opponent to high-stakes testing challenges NYC leaders to oppose the use of students' classroom time to field test questions for future exams. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Makes a Successful Ten Year Old?

Friday, June 06, 2014

KJ Dell'Antonia, lead writer and editor on the Motherlode blog on NYTimes.com, explores the measures of success parents have for kids - is it getting good grades and excelling at sports, or cleaning up after dinner, unprompted? Is it the effort, or the achievement? Parents, can you separate your child's success from your own?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Art, Education, and D-Day Memories from The Past

Friday, June 06, 2014

1. Reuniting 'Band of Brothers' for D-Day | 2. What Does the Bergdahl Swap Mean to Afghans? | 3. World Leaders Gather for 70th Anniversary of D-Day | 4. The Movie Date's Team Reviews of This Week's New Films | 5. LeVar Burton Aims to Bring Back 'Reading Rainbow' With ...

Shooting At Seattle Pacific University; 3 Wounded, 1 Dead

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Officials say a lone gunman who opened fire with a shotgun at Seattle Pacific University is in custody.

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Schoolbook

Demand Outstrips Supply for NYC Pre-K Seats

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Fewer than half of the students applying to pre-k in a NYC public school got their first-choice match, and many got no match at all. The mayor is urging families to apply to community pre-k programs to increase the chances of landing a good spot. 

 

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The Birds And The Bees ... And iPads

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Three-fourths of parents say the Internet is forcing them to have "the talk" earlier.

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A Master's In Media...From Conde Nast?

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Architectural Digest, Wired, Vogue, Gourmet...why a magazine brand is getting into the education business.

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Schoolbook

Tackling the High School Dropout Crisis, One Smoke Break at a Time

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Cigarettes. Long showers. Deli runs. Teens can come up with a lot of reasons why they can't make it to class. At this Brooklyn high school, the staff is on the move, making sure the students stay—and graduate.

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