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For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren't Just About Language

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Spring is when many public schools hold lotteries to determine which students can enroll in bilingual classrooms. Many Latino parents seek to participate in order to maintain family traditions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Opt Out? Opt In?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Reportedly, more parents chose to have their children sit out the state ELA exams this week than did last year.  If your kids took the exam, did you consciously "opt in"?  If you opted out, how would you like to see schools held to account for preparing their students to do college level work after graduation? 

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Schoolbook

The Battle for First Period: Students, Teachers and Teen Biorhythms

Thursday, April 03, 2014

High school students crave sleep, but many just don't get enough of it. One Queens principal is tweaking homework schedules and school start times to help kids catch up on rest.

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Morning Edition

First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters

Thursday, April 03, 2014

You got in! But just how much money is that school offering you? Financial aid award letters can be confusing, so we've put together a sample letter — and translated it into plain English.

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The Takeaway

Common Core Exams Push Some Parents to Opt-Out

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A growing number of parents and activists are convinced high-profile tests aren't accurate markers of a child's achievement, and many are choosing to "opt-out" by boycotting tests aligned to the new Common Core standards.

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Schoolbook

City Launches Pre-K Expansion, Adding Four Thousand New Seats

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to expand pre-kindergarten became more tangible on Wednesday when the city announced there would be thousands more full-day seats available in public schools this fall.

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Schoolbook

Peabody Awards Shine Light on Struggling High Schools

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Three documentaries that address the challenges facing students and educators in poor, high-crime communities won top honors.

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Schoolbook

Brooklyn Students Seeing Stars

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

WNYC

The planetarium at the Edward R Murrow High School in Brooklyn reopened today after three years of renovations.

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Some States Seek To Bless Prayer In Public Schools

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

School-sponsored prayer was banned by the Supreme Court more than 50 years ago. New laws in several states, however, would allow students to offer their own prayers, even at official school functions.

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Schoolbook

Changing the Face of Astronomy

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

NPR

The City University of New York is helping students reach for the stars, literally. Hear more about a program that mentors minority students interested in Astronomy. 

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Schoolbook

De Blasio: School Decisions Remain Under City Control

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is in control when it comes to New York City's public school system despite new protections for charter schools in the state budget.

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Morning Edition

Changing The Face Of Astronomy Research

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

An apprenticeship program in New York City helps lower-income and minority students break into advanced sciences. For one, the love of the stars was motivation to tackle the tough field of astronomy.

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New Tech City

Save the Children

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Shhhh...don’t tell the kids, but grown-ups are mostly just making up the rules about technology as they go along. But maybe there is a right and a wrong when it comes to screen time. Hear four radically different strategies, from an outright ban to full digital immersion.

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Strikes Down Limits on Campaign Contributions | Ghosts of Russian History Still Alive in Europe | Inside Hobby Lobby's 'Hypocrisy'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Common Core Exams Push Some Parents to Opt-Out | SCOTUS Strikes Down Limits on Campaign Contributions | Takeaway TV Smackdown Final 4 - Lucy Ricardo Vs. Mary Richards | Hobby Lobby 'Hypocrisy': Company Invests Millions in Contraceptives | Ghosts of Russian History Still Alive in Europe | Why Wall Street Doesn't Get ...

All Things Considered

As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hispanics now make up 38 percent of Texas residents. One demographer says the state's future is tied to the success of its growing minority population. Schools may be part of the solution.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Else Is In The Budget?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Mayor de Blasio is taking a victory lap for securing universal pre-k funding, but some progressives are calling this Cuomo's "Wall Street" budget. Here's a breakdown of the fine print from Albany.

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Schoolbook

Mayor Insists After-School Expansion Is Alive and Well

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Although funding for after-school programs did not survive Albany's budget negotiations, city officials insist they will find the money to expand offerings for middle school students.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Don't Freak Out, Parents of Test-Takers

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yes, statewide testing for grades 3-8 starts tomorrow. But no, it's not the end of the world. Here's some good news about the future of mind-numbing test prep and the state of the opt-out movement.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The University of Sing Sing

Monday, March 31, 2014

In 1998, five former inmates founded the privately funded Hudson Link for Higher Education, which enables incarcerated men and women to earn a college diploma. Since partnering with Mercy College, Sing Sing prisoners are able to receive the same curriculum and diploma as on-campus students. Sean Pica, a former inmate who helped found and runs the Hudson Link for Higher Education, and Timothy Skousen, director of the film “The University of Sing Sing,” discusses the transformation that occurs when inmates receive not only a college diploma, but also a chance at redemption and a reason to hope. “The University of Sing Sing” debuts on HBO March 31.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Place of Radio in Musical Education

Monday, March 31, 2014

From the April, 1941 WQXR Program Guide:

Mr. Hutcheson is President of the Juilliard School of Music in New York. In addition to being a great pianist and teacher, he is the author of numerous books on music, including the recently published "A Musical Guide to Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung."

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