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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Teachers Decided Cheating Was the Right Thing to Do

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When faced with what they saw as out of reach, data-driven district targets, school district administrators and teachers in Atlanta began fixing students’ wrong answers on standardized tests.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Educating for Tomorrow, K-12

Monday, September 17, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Comparing the candidates' public education policies, from kindergarten through high school. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Schoolbook

State Identifies Hundreds of Schools for Improvement, Under New System

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Now that New York State has a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, it's identified over 700 schools that must plan improvements - but they will have more flexibility over their funds. A total of 354 of the schools are in New York City.

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It's A Free Country ®

That's My Issue: Leaving Kids Behind

Monday, August 20, 2012

I bonded with an angry fourth grader on a school field trip. Imperceptibly to me at the time a seed was planted that sprouted and grew into the ethos of my career.

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The Takeaway

No Child Left Behind Conflicts with Desegregation Policy in Louisiana

Friday, August 03, 2012

Like many schools since No Child Left Behind was enacted, Rayville Elementary School is required to allow its students to transfer to a better school in the district because it has received a failing grade, but not if those students are white.

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Schoolbook

The Week That Was: Appealing a Turnaround Decision, Changing No Child Left Behind

Friday, July 06, 2012

Here's a roundup of the news that occurred this week -- including the city's comeback to an arbitrator's rejection of its "turnaround" hiring plans and the Obama administration's re-shaping of the No Child Left Behind law.

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Schoolbook

New York Gets Waiver for No Child Left Behind

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New York is one of 19 states to receive a federal waiver from complying with provisions of the No Child Left Behind law. State Education Commissioner John B. King says the waiver allows New York to disregard requirements that were "unproductive or unrealistic."

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Schoolbook

Romney's Education Plan Calls for More School Choices

Thursday, May 24, 2012

In all the months of Republican primaries and early campaigning, the topic of education rarely emerged. That changed on Wednesday when the presumed Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, announced his new education agenda.

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New Jersey News

NJ Puts New Labels on Schools for Test Scores, Graduation Rates

Thursday, April 12, 2012

With No Child Left Behind essentially off the books, welcome to New Jersey’s new age — and labels — for school accountability.

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Schoolbook

Some Charters Impose Earlier Kindergarten Cutoff Dates

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

If your child has a birthday after Aug. 31, he or she might be ineligible for kindergarten in some city charter schools, The Post reports -- a policy of the charters that is tolerated by the city, even though it might cut off some of the needier students from starting kindergarten in the year they turn 5.

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WNYC News

Obama Gives Education Waviers to 10 States

Thursday, February 09, 2012

New Jersey is one of ten states that received a waiver from the No Child Left Behind education law on Thursday. President Barack Obama says his decision will give the 10 states the flexibility needed to set high standards for students and hold schools accountable.

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The Takeaway

New Report Reveals Half of Nation's Schools Are Failing

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Some new numbers about the No Child Left Behind Act paint a bleak portrait of the country's education system. According to a report from the Center on Education Policy, 48 percent of the nation’s public schools did not meet No Child Left Behind's requirements for "adequate yearly progress," a percentage-based criteria for improvement set by individual states. However, students's performance on the national standardized test are not considered in AYP.

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Schoolbook

New Scrutiny of Federal Dollars for Tutoring

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The No Child Left Behind law required struggling schools to set aside some of their federal assistance to provide tutoring for low-income students. New York City now spends $100 million a year on tutoring. But with New York and other states seeking waivers from the No Child Left Behind Law, tutoring has come under scrutiny.

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Schoolbook

State Education Commissioner Vows More Teacher Support

Friday, November 18, 2011

New York's education commissioner John B. King told the WNYC host Brian Lehrer that New York education officials plan to bring schools up to higher standards and use more flexibility when they evaluate schools and distribute money. Listen to the interview and his response to listeners' questions on test scores, cheating and teacher performance.

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Schoolbook

11 States Seek No Child Left Behind Waivers

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

No Child Left Behind waivers, no changes in school lunch nutrition standards and no easy way to choose a high school in New York City are among the topics in the news. And seven city schoolteachers will be honored for their excellence in teaching science and math.

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Schoolbook

Immigrant Aid, Special Ed on Regents Agenda

Monday, November 14, 2011

The state's Board of Regents meets to vote on a measure to help illegal immigrants pay for college. The board will also vote on new rules affecting the delivery of special education services, including some that school districts say drive up costs.

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Schoolbook

Under No Child Law, More New York Schools Fail

Friday, November 11, 2011

On this Veteran's Day, disappointing news related to the No Child Left Behind law: the number of failing schools in New York State has skyrocketed, with 1,325 of the state’s 4,685 public schools now on the failure list. New York City schools accounted for 640 of them. State Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch says: "If student performance doesn’t improve, schools must be held accountable. We are watching."

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Schoolbook

In Afterword, Ravitch Brings Things Up to Date

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

In the afterward of the paperback version of her book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," Diane Ravitch continues her crusade against the school reform movement, reacting to the events, people and ideas of the last year and a half. Read some excerpts.

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Schoolbook

On Halloween, Scary Repercussions of No Child Left Behind

Monday, October 31, 2011

How do you offer a rich and varied education to children while ensuring that they measure up in standardized tests? That's a challenge for educators in New Hampshire, as well as New York City, as Michael Winerip's On Education column reports.

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Schoolbook

Figuring Out Technology, Homework and College Readiness

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Silicon Valley school where computers are taboo, and a new way to use technology to help people with autism communicate. A drive at the city's elite schools to provide homework holidays, and concerns that city high school graduates are not doing enough work to help them succeed in college. These were some of the educational issues in the news this weekend.

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