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New Sounds Live: ETHEL, John King, & Kaki King

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

From the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded at Merkin Hall, we present a three-pronged collaboration of composer John King, guitarist Kaki King, and the string quartet ETHEL.

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New York Now

Listen: ETHEL, Kaki King and John King

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday, March 21 ETHEL string quartet, guitarist Kaki King and composer John King came together at the Ecstatic Music Festival for an evening of collaboration.

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Schoolbook

King Agrees with Governor on Need to Change Teacher Evaluations

Friday, December 19, 2014

WNYC
Education commissioner John King may have one foot out the door as he departs for a new job in Washington, but he's still calling for further reforms in New York State.
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Schoolbook

Cuomo Letter Outlines 'Aggressive' Education Plans, Seeks Input from State Leaders

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WNYC
Gov. Andrew Cuomo questioned the credibility of the teacher evaluation system, after only 1 percent of teachers received the lowest possible ratings.
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Schoolbook

State Education Commissioner Leaves To Join Obama Administration

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WNYC
State Education Commissioner John King is leaving Albany for Washington, where he'll become a senior adviser to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
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Schoolbook

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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Q2 Music

Listen: Experiments in Radio Operas Premieres

Monday, March 17, 2014

Each evening from March 17-22 at 8 pm, hear the radio premieres of Experiments in Opera's Radio Operas.

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Schoolbook

Pressure Mounting to Halt Evaluations Tied to Common Core

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Getting blow-back from their constituents and teachers unions, state lawmakers are calling for a moratorium on any high-stakes decisions based on the new Common Core learning standards.

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Schoolbook

Common Core Supporters Speak Out

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

At a Brooklyn forum organized by the New York Education Department, parent after parent praised Common Core for helping to equalize educational opportunities for students in poorer neighborhoods by raising expectations for its teachers and students.

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Schoolbook

King's Forums Come to NYC

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Starting Tuesday, the New York Education Department will hold a series of community forums around the city on the Common Core learning standards. If previous events in other parts of the state are any indication, the forums will bring out parents and educators angered by the rollout of the standards and state tests.

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Schoolbook

Education Commissioner Opts for Private Meetings After Heckling

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New York's top education official has taken his road show promoting new Common Core learning standards private. After facing tough crowds and getting heckled last week, King has met with educators behind closed doors.

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Schoolbook

Top Education Official Supports More Teacher Professional Development

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky criticized his former boss at the Department of Education, saying former Chancellor Joel Klein and the previous head of the teachers union made a mistake by removing professional development time from the teachers contract.

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About Those New State Exams: Questions for a Testing Expert

Friday, August 16, 2013

Daniel Koretz teaches educational measurement at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education which means he knows a thing or two about standardized tests. He was also a member of a technical committee that led New York State to decide its old exams were too easy, and that the state needed to raise its standards. In an interview, excerpted here, he offered suggestions for how to interpret the results.

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Schoolbook

Wealthy Districts Outpace Poor on State Exams

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Despite test scores going down throughout New York, the gap between rich and poor remains when it comes to student performance.

“The districts that are lower-needs districts significantly outperformed the other districts in the state,” said State Commissioner of Education John King at Wednesday’s press conference in Midtown.

 

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Schoolbook

Explaining the New, Lower Scores

Thursday, August 08, 2013

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show, we talk about the new test scores and why proficiency rates fell so drastically. Does the falloff represent a blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education legacy? What do the new Common Core learning standards really demand? Were the tests too hard, as some teachers claim? And why did white students in New York City performs so much better than white students on average in the rest of the state?

We've also updated our school score tracker to include New York City charters.

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Facing Lower Test Scores Bloomberg Administration Takes Long View

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

New York is now the second state in the country to see its math and reading scores tumble following the adoption of more difficult tests for grades three through eight. The percentage of New York students considered proficient in math and reading was cut almost in half.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his education officials appealed for calm as they called the scores a new "baseline" from which the city can evaluate student performance going forward.

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Schoolbook

Obama Official Gives Cover to New York Ahead of Test Score Release

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

With anxiety mounting before the release on Wednesday of results of New York's tougher new math and reading tests, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents and educators to put the scores into context by seeing them as a new "baseline" from which to build.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

More on the NSA Leak; NJ Senate Race; Education Commissioner John King; Marc Maron

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

We'll continue to discuss the classified information that was leaked by a government contractor. Plus: the New Jersey senate race is now underway; New York State Education Commissioner and the President of the University of the State of New York John King talks about the new teacher evaluation system and the Ramapo school funding dispute; the tables are turned on comedian and podcaster Marc Maron as he is interviewed on his new book and TV show; and Jessica Pressler from New York Magazine breaks down a debate on cats vs. birds.   

Schoolbook

Teacher Evaluation Plan Garners Praise

Sunday, June 02, 2013

WNYC

After delays and much drama, New York City officially has a new evaluation system in place for teachers and principals. It replaces a more simplistic system that's been the model since the 1930s, and incorporates the controversial element of student test scores.

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Schoolbook

Schools Proceed with Teacher Eval Training Before Final Deal

Thursday, May 30, 2013

By June 1 there will be a new evaluation system for New York CIty teachers and principals. State Education Commissioner John King is stepping in to impose a plan since New York City and its unions failed to negotiate one. But even with no final plan in place, principals have been training for the new evaluation system all spring. Teacher training comes next.

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