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Opinion: How I Would Fix New York's Graduation Requirements

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A teacher who faces demoralized students struggling with exit exams they need to pass to earn a diploma argues for another way, with targets that kids actually aspire to meet.
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Schoolbook

High School Grad Rates Make Modest Climb in New York

Monday, June 23, 2014

The percentage of New York students who graduated within four years rose but not by much, and state officials said they could do better.

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Low Graduation Rates Inspire a High-Tech Prize

Monday, March 17, 2014

WNYC

There's new prize money available for web developers to tackle a perennial education problem: how to improve the retention rates of students in community colleges.

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Schoolbook

Mayor Boasts High Grad Rates Six Months Ahead of Schedule

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

With just a few weeks left at the helm, Mayor Michael Bloomberg seized onto state figures that show a record-high four-year graduation rate for New York City students graduating last school year. Traditionally, these numbers are released in June but the mayor said he couldn't wait. 

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Heavy Hitters Debate School Achievement Gap

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

As the education world waits for a new mayor to take over the largest public school system in the country, SchoolBook invites you to join five leading theorists in a debate about what would make New York City schools better -- for all of its students. Share your views! 

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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Graduation Numbers; The G8 Summit; 20 Years After Dead Man Walking

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New York City just released high school graduation numbers. The city’s Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky is here to discuss. Plus: Justin Vogt, senior editor at Foreign Affairs magazine, talks about the Syria news out of the G8 conference, and explains why it’s important the Taliban signaled it’s ready to talk peace; Sister Helen Prejean on the 20th anniversary of her book Dead Man Walking; Niall Ferguson talks about his new book – The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die; and journalist Graeme Wood explains how a former classmate scrubbed his online record clean. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Looking at Charter Schools

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, talks about her series on the issues surrounding charter schools, including attrition rates and locations.

 

 

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Schoolbook

Two Reports Reveal Persistent Racial Gaps

Friday, September 21, 2012

The latest national studies on the achievement gap show race and poverty adversely affecting many New York City communities despite slow gains in some areas. Catch up on what you may have missed this week in local education news.

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Schoolbook

An Argument in Favor of Credit Recovery

Friday, July 06, 2012

A former administrator writes: The response among opponents of this administration to credit recovery is about politics, not about students. To be sure, there were some principals and teachers who corrupted credit recovery efforts in their schools by lowering standards. But the Department of Education's restrictive new rules permitting students to receive incompletes for no more than a few courses will invariably take its toll on the most vulnerable and marginal youngsters.

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Preparing for College by Studying Time Management

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The transition from high school to college is difficult for almost every student. But the Opportunity Network says its low-income students from New York City are especially vulnerable because they are often the first members of their family to go to college. The program scheduled a summer boot camp to give them a taste of what to expect.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Higher (Cost of) Education

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education in charge of post-secondary education, talks about the affordability of higher education and the role of community colleges in meeting the goal of having the U.S. have the most college graduates in the world by 2020.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Checking In On Standardized Testing

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about standardized testing and new efforts to raise high school graduation rates in the state.

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Schoolbook

Should States Raise the Age of Mandatory Attendance?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Listeners to the Brian Lehrer Show weigh in on the president's proposal to raise the compulsory schooling age to 18, with strong opinions for and against. An economist says the data supports the idea that the longer students stay in school the more likely they are to graduate, and to fare better in the workplace.

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Schoolbook

On City Hall Steps, Harsh Words for Bloomberg

Friday, January 27, 2012

During a week in which the Bloomberg administration has embraced an independent, landmark study that linked its hallmark policy of small schools to increased student success, a group of parents and elected officials took to the steps of City Hall on Friday to denounce the administration’s education agenda, particularly its decisions to close or phase out city schools and its policies to address low college preparedness rates for minority students.

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Assessing the State of the Schools

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The sights of the education community are shifting toward the Morris Educational Campus in the Bronx, where Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will deliver his state of the city speech on Thursday, presumably with an emphasis on the schools. Critics of the mayor's policies are focusing on the location of the speech, a symbol of the administration's small schools policy.

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An Alternative Way to Test Students' Progress

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Studies show that test-focused education is not preparing students for college, says a writer. So why not substitute testing for all with a program of test-based audits using samples of students?, the author asks in an opinion article.

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City Says Few Jane Addams Seniors Lack Credits

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

After a week of reviewing students' records at a troubled South Bronx high school, Department of Education officials said that most of the school's 200 seniors were on track to graduate in June. Fewer than 10 students are missing credits they will need to graduate and five students' transcripts require further review, officials said.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg's Black and Latino Male Initiative Includes Education Agenda

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new $127 million initiative to help young black and Latino men relies heavily on improving their academics, because too many students are graduating without the skills they need for college or work.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Improving Graduation Rates

Friday, April 22, 2011

At Chelsea High teachers and administrators are trying to figure out how to get more kids to walk the aisle. Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter, reported on the school's struggle to lower its drop-out rate. 

Teachers: What do you think is the most important way to improve graduation rate?

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