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Parents Give New Kindergarten Application Mixed Reviews

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

No longer can families hand in paperwork at their neighborhood school and call it a day. Now parents have an online application in which they rank up to 20 school options. We talk to a few families to see how they're faring.

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The Takeaway

After Sandy Hook, Grade Schools Prioritize Safety

Friday, December 13, 2013

One of the things that ran through many of our minds after the tragedy of Sandy Hook was, "How could this happen—at an elementary school?" Now school doors have been locked. Shades have been drawn. Teachers are now equal parts protectors and educators. Joining The Takeaway to talk about the changing sense of safety and shelter in elementary schools is Lindsay Gerakaris, a fourth grade teacher at P.S. 124 in New York City.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

World Peace Games

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Educational consultant and teacher John Hunter led his first World Peace Game in 1978. He writes about what he's learned about cooperation and teaching in his new book, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Catholic School Closings

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lisa Fleisher, reporter for the Wall Street Journal Greater New York, talks about the Archdiocese’s plans to close another 24 schools at the end of this term.

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Schoolbook

Shooting at CT Elementary School Kills 20 Children

Friday, December 14, 2012

A tragic shooting by a gunman leaves scores dead at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, about 60 miles northeast of New York City. It appears to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

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Schoolbook

District 6 Zoning Proposal Sparks Debate Over Choice

Friday, October 19, 2012

There are dueling approaches to school choice in northern Manhattan's District 6: one would eliminate elementary school zones so families can apply to any school while another wants families to fight for improvements at the struggling schools so there isn't such pressure on the better schools in the district.

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Schoolbook

State Requires New Screening for Struggling Readers

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

A new state screening protocol for elementary schools goes into effect this month. Its stated goals are to catch reading and literacy problems earlier and possibly reduce referrals to special education.

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Schoolbook

City Publishes New Elementary School Directory

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Helpful news out of the city's Education Department: It has released a directory of all elementary school programs in the public schools, just in time to help parents who are registering their 5-year-olds for kindergarten.

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Schoolbook

Five Tips for Identifying a Good School

Monday, November 07, 2011

You have been checking the Web sites. Talking to friends. Maybe you have even been on a conga line of parents snaking through a classroom on an overcrowded school tour. But in your quiet moments, you recognize that you have almost no objective criteria for choosing the right school for your child. Peg Tyre, a longtime education journalist, will be taking your questions this week. To start off, here are five tips for identifying what makes a "good" school for your young child.

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Schoolbook

School Lunches Exposed

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Chicago-based teacher takes on the issue of healthy eating in the schools. She ate the same food as her students, and blogged about it, for a year. Speaking on WNYC, she encouraged school leaders to get involved and be vocal about what food is served at lunch.

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Schoolbook

Failing Gym: One School Struggles to Meet Standards

Monday, October 17, 2011

An elementary school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, is trying to give its students a proper physical education but it is failing to meet state standards. Listen to how teachers, parents, and students wrestle with meeting stringent requirements on a shoestring.

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Schoolbook

Listener Call-In On Gym Classes

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Callers to "The Brian Lehrer Show" share stories about gym in the schools after a city report says many middle and elementary schools fall far short of state gym standards. One caller says she supplements her daughter's 45 minutes a week of gym with after-school classes. Another says charter schools are the worst offenders when it comes to providing time for physical education.

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Schoolbook

We Have Your School's Grade

Friday, September 23, 2011

Your school’s 2011 Progress Report grade is now available on its SchoolBook page. The new grades have been added to the pages for all elementary and middle schools that were assessed this year.

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