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Chancellor Fariña on Being 12

Monday, March 09, 2015

New York City schools chancellor Carmen Fariña explains why she thinks 7th grade is the single most important grade in a kid’s school life.

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Taylor Swift Donates to NYC Schools Music Program

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Pop star Taylor Swift is making good on her pledge to give the city schools proceeds from her hit single "Welcome to New York."
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Advocates Crave Word from Mayor on Expanding Breakfast in Schools

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A coalition of anti-hunger advocates is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to fulfill a campaign pledge to serve breakfast in all schools, not just before the start of class.
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Overcrowded and Overwhelmed: Inside P.S. 176

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How do you fit 22 third graders in a room the size of a Manhattan studio apartment? Ask P.S. 176 in Brooklyn. It's one of hundreds of crowded schools that can't catch a break.
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NYC School Year Starts with New Mayor's Imprint

Thursday, September 04, 2014

New York City public schools open with more than 50,000 4-year-olds heading to pre-k classes — but that's just one of several changes marking the new school year.
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Council Passes Limited School Door Alarm Bill

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Schools with vulnerable or troubled students should be getting more door alarms installed next year as a way to prevent them from leaving the building undetected.

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NYC Schools Wrestle with 'Bad Math' on Trailer Count

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The city's Department of Education is vowing to remove hundreds of trailers from its public schools within the next five years. But critics are dubious, in part because the city doesn't even know how many students are using those trailers.

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What it Really Takes to Evaluate an NYC Teacher

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How do you judge whether a teacher is doing a good job? City principals are now following the state's new formula, which puts a lot of weight on classroom observations plus student test scores. Watching one evaluation in action, we saw just how complicated it can be.

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On Teachers in Limbo, Contract Satisfies Few

Friday, May 30, 2014

There are more than one thousand New York City teachers rotating weekly to different schools because they don't have a permanent position. The union contract takes a crack at a solution. 

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Free Lunch For All Students Gets Boost from Council Budget

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

All New York City students soon could be eating lunch for free, if the mayor chooses to embrace a City Council proposal to spend about $24 million while also tapping into a federal program that reduces the stigma -- and paperwork - of free lunches.

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Accordions, Clarinets and a Xylophone for City Schools

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WXQR listeners donated about 2,500 instruments.

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Firecrackers and Absenteeism: When Tradition and School Days Collide

Friday, January 31, 2014

How many children need to miss school before officials decide to add a holiday to the school calendar? This is not a riddle. It's a conundrum coming to a head around Chinese New Year and other holidays celebrated by so many New Yorkers.

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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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Chancellor To Principals: Experience Matters

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In yet another break from the previous administration's education policies, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that those aspiring to become city principals will need at least seven years of experience. Previously, under Michael Bloomberg's administration, some educators with just three years' experience could fast-track their way to principal.

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Schools Chancellor Challenges Status Quo on Charters, New Schools

Monday, January 13, 2014

The new schools chancellor invited WNYC for a ride along as she visited schools. On the way, she answered wide-ranging questions about the nation's largest school system and joined a class discussion about leadership. Turns out she is a fan of Machiavelli.

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Fariña Says Success Comes with Laser Focus on Classrooms

Monday, January 13, 2014

The city's new chancellor is tackling the job like she's the educators' educator, spotlighting best practices throughout the system and urging principals and teachers to learn from each other.

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Mayor Highlights After-School Piece of Tax Plan

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Much of Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign for a tax increase has focused on his plan to expand access to pre-kindergarten. In shifting gears to talk about middle school students, he appears to be broadening his approach.

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Report: What Works - and Doesn't - in NYC Schools

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Despite "tremendous strides" in raising high school graduation rates, two new reports published today find the New York City public schools still face huge challenges in getting all students ready for college.

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Ravitch Criticizes Testing, Charters

Monday, September 23, 2013

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show, education historian Diane Ravitch came out swinging against the new Common Core learning standards, charter schools and what she called Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "academic apartheid." Listen to the full interview.

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Q&A on Online Kindergarten Admissions

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's a change that was supposed to be greeted with cheers: allowing kindergarten applications to be completed online, instead of having to show up in person at each school. But the plan is being met with skepticism and concerns about equity -- as well as some cheers.

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