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New York Regents Approve Career-Focused Diploma Requirements

Monday, October 20, 2014

New York high schoolers will be able to swap out a history test required for graduation for an exam of their choice, in subjects such as information technology or culinary arts.
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Schoolbook

NYC Admits it Needs to Keep Tabs on School Counselors

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's no secret that high school guidance counselors are overburdened, but a City Council bill seeks the raw data to prove it.
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Radio Rookies

Nine People, One Bedroom: A Teen's Take on Life In Poverty

Monday, September 22, 2014

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Jairo Gomez's nine-person family lives in a one-bedroom apartment. He knows education is the way out of poverty, but sometimes being poor makes it difficult to make good choices.

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Schoolbook

Regents Weigh New Routes to a High School Diploma

Monday, September 15, 2014

High school students may finally be allowed to swap out one of the five Regents exams required for graduation for an alternative test that meets their interests or area of study.
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WNYC News

NYPD Chief Has Message for New Officers: Save the Children

Monday, June 30, 2014

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has a new goal for the latest class of NYPD graduates: Save the children. The commissioner told the class of 610 cadets that he wanted them to help prevent children from joining cliques and crews.

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The Takeaway

The Curious Tradition of the West Point Goat

Thursday, May 29, 2014

All eyes were on President Obama at the West Point graduation ceremony Wednesday, drawing attention away from the graduating cadets. But one cadet was still singled out for a big cheer. We look at the West Point tradition of honoring the last-ranked graduate, dubbed “the goat.” 

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Studio 360

A Week of Bests: Commencement Speeches, Vocal Ranges, and Scares

Thursday, May 22, 2014

This week in "Thanks, Internet!": great commencement speeches, sweet dreams, an artful bot, pop music's best vocal ranges, and a lovely scare.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Do You Actually Remember Who Spoke at Your Graduation?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Listen to our interview with George Saunders - about the graduation speech on kindness he gave - here. And our call-in segment asking you about your graduation can be found here.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 369: Buddies

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Collin Smith (23), who became quadriplegic after a car accident in high school, talks with Ernest Greene (72) who volunteered to go to college with Collin as his full-time caregiver.

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Schoolbook

Tougher Regents Squeeze Students Struggling to Graduate

Friday, January 31, 2014

Many students at West Brooklyn High School take the Regents exams multiple times. And there are more than a few who come to school solely to prep for the tests. The higher score requirement increases the pressure on students already facing an uphill battle to graduate.

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Radio Rookies

Education Motivation

Monday, January 27, 2014

Imagine: a high school where students are on a first-name basis with their principal and teachers, have personal advocate counselors, and where a failing grade doesn’t mean trouble, but an offer of help. West Brooklyn Community High School is that kind of school. Opened in 2006, West Brooklyn is designed to give students a second-chance at earning lost credits and graduating. In this report, two students—Eddie Munoz and Jairo Gomez—tell the story of how they fell dangerously behind at their previous schools and got back on track at West Brooklyn. (Watch it here)

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Schoolbook

Last Day of School Evokes a Mix of Joy and Relief

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

School is out. Students in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, share their summer plans and talk about the bittersweet feeling that comes with the end of the school year. Plus, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gives his only commencement speech in the public schools this year. 

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Schoolbook

Stuyvesant Grants Honorary Diploma to Student Who Died

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Two years after she was fatally struck by a car while riding her bicycle, Aileen Chen was given an honorary diploma by Stuyvesant High School during Tuesday’s graduation ceremony.

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Schoolbook

Standout Grads Honored for Resilience

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nearly 200 high school grads received special recognition Monday night for overcoming exceptional adversity while completing high school, with plans to go to college. As one award recipient said: "If you’re struggling, be an active struggler; do everything you can to improve your situation."

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Schoolbook

Let the Graduation Ceremonies Begin

Friday, June 21, 2013

Send us your graduation photos and experiences as the walking ceremonies get underway this week.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York City's Grad Rate Debate

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New York has just released high school graduation rate numbers -- New York City's 2012 graduation rate was 64.7 percent. NYC's Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky discusses the trends in the rate, and how increased standards will effect graduation numbers.

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WNYC News

Cooper Union Student Protests Spill into Graduation Ceremony

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cooper Union's graduating class used Wednesday's ceremony to display their disapproval for the school's plan to begin charging tuition in 2014, for the first time in its history. Many students, including the student speaker, refused to shake hands with President Jamshed Bharucha when receiving their diplomas on stage.

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The Takeaway

54 Years Later: A High School Diploma

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

After more than 50 years, 71-year-old civil rights trailblazer, Olivia Ferguson McQueen, receives the long-overdue high school diploma she was once denied. 

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The Takeaway

Listener Wisdom for the Class of 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

As college and universities around the country begin setting off recent graduates into the world of industry, the ritual turning of the tassel would not be complete without one final lecture, courtesy of Takeaway listeners.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Seeks to Narrow 'War on Terror,' A Closer Look at the IRS Inquiry, Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Members

Friday, May 24, 2013

President Obama Seeks to Narrow 'War on Terror' | What's Next in IRS Inquiry? | The Boy Scouts Vote to Allow Openly Gay Members | Listener Wisdom for the Class of 2013 | Oklahoma High School Seniors Graduate in Tornado's Aftermath | Movie Date: 'The Hangover Part III,' 'We Steal Secrets,' 'Fast & Furious 6'