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Student Enrollment on the Rise in Newark

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WNYC
After years of declining student enrollment, Newark has seen a significant increase in the number of families attending traditional public schools.

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Schoolbook

A Foreign Melody: Bel Kaufman Expounds on Pedagogical Concerns

Monday, July 28, 2014

WNYC

Bel Kaufman, who died on Friday at 103, became an unofficial spokeswoman for the urban teacher after her book Up the Down Staircase was published in 1965. Hear her humor and insight in this rare audio treat.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Home Economics for the 21st Century

Monday, June 09, 2014

Jeannie Fournier, senior director of nutrition education at the Food Bank for New York City, talks about CookShop, the Food Bank's program in NYC public schools that teaches kids about nutrition, where food comes from and how to shop for and cook healthy meals and snacks - on a budget. Listeners, what do you remember from your home economics classes? Do your kids have classes similar to CookShop in their school? Call in at 212-433-WNYC. 

 

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The Takeaway

Inside the Classroom, 60 Years After 'Brown'

Friday, May 16, 2014

Decades after the landmark Supreme Court decision, what are the realities of public education in under-resourced schools that may not be segregated by law — but are far from the integrated ideal?

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WNYC News

Christie Tries to Steer Conversation Away from Bridgegate in State of the State Speech

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In his State of the State Address Tuesday, Governor Christie addressed the G.W. Bridge traffic scandal that has engulfed his inner circle and threatens to undermine his second-term and national ambitions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ten Years in a Bronx Public School

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Laurel Sturt talks about her life in a high-poverty elementary school in the Bronx.Davonte’s Inferno: Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag is a study of the crisis confronting today's educators and an indictment of the system.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Alison Stewart on Dunbar's "First Class"

Monday, September 30, 2013

Alison Stewart, journalist and former host of The TED Radio Hour and The Bryant Park Project and author of First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School , discusses the rise and fall of Dunbar -- which includes her parents among its alumni -- and explains how its trajectory reflects the current struggles facing urban public schools.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Military Entertainment Complex

Friday, September 20, 2013

Drawing on his research into literacy, Corey Mead, an assistant professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York, and author of War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict, explores the links between the video game industry and the US military and how this plays out in public schools.

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The Takeaway

Philadelphia Schools to Open On Schedule Despite Financial Woes

Monday, August 19, 2013

Until recently, it was unclear whether the Philadelphia school system would be able to open its doors in September. The superintendent of Philadelphia city schools said he would need $50 million to meet the minimum staff requirements needed to safely operate schools. Education reporter for our partner WHYY in Philadelphia, Kevin McCorry, joins The Takeaway to explain the school's financial crisis and how the city got there. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ramapo School Board Vote

Thursday, May 23, 2013

With conflict deepening and public school classes already being slashed, voters in East Ramapo rejected a school budget yesterday, one of the few districts in New York State to do so. We'll get the latest on the school board vote from Mareesa Nicosia, reporter at The Journal News. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Union City, NJ Gets it Right

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Twenty-five years ago, Union City public schools were on the brink of state takeover. Today, they have a graduation rate 10 points higher than the national average. David Kirp, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of  Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools, discusses the Union City approach, and why he thinks it's an example for poor-performing urban school systems around the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Debating Newark School Reform

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wednesday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brian Lehrer moderated a community forum on school reform issues in Newark and throughout the state of New Jersey. On today's show, hear analysis of the conversation from New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon and John Mooney of NJ Spotlight.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Papal Election; City H.S. Admissions; Future of Payphones

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today the papal conclave convenes in the Vatican to begin the process of electing the next pope. David Gibson of Religious News Service explains the politics behind the scenes. Plus: the city's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot on reinventing NYC's payphones; WNYC's Beth Fertig on the impact of test prep on city high school admissions; the latest sequestration news; and the new novel from Mohsin Hamid.

The Brian Lehrer Show

School Report Cards

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, talks about this year's report cards for NYC high schools, plus updates the status of the system in the month since Sandy.

 

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Schoolbook

Two Mothers Say They Crave More School Contact

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Two women whose children attend a middle school in the Bronx say they'd like more information about their children's progress and more access to school officials.

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The Takeaway

Learning from Highly Selective Public Schools

Thursday, September 27, 2012

There are 165 schools in the United States that are so rigorous and desired that you have to pass an exam to get in. Is this a model that could eventually trickle down to all sorts of schools?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Publicolor

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ruth Lande Shuman, founder and president of Publicolor, talks about the nonprofit, which uses color, collaboration, design, and painting to re-engage students in their education, schools, and communities.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Parents and Tight Public School Budgets

Monday, June 04, 2012

Kyle Spencer, freelance education reporter and New York Times contributor, discusses parents digging deeper into their pockets to relieve tight public school budgets

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Schoolbook

School Admissions? Even the Experts Are Overwhelmed

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Feeling overwhelmed by the search for a school for your young child? An expert in test preparation shares your pain.

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Schoolbook

Affluent New York Parents Born Abroad Prefer Public Schools

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Times reports on Wednesday that, of the roughly 15,500 households in the city with school-age children where the total income is at least $150,000 and both parents were born abroad, some 10,500, or 68 percent, use only the public schools. That is about twice the rate of parents who were born in America and are in the same income bracket.

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