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Touring a School? Look Beyond the Superficial

Monday, January 23, 2012

If you are shopping around for a school for your child, you may be looking back on the open houses you've attended or ahead to upcoming school visits. Either way, a little expert advice might help you process the experience. Here are some tips from a consultant on school placement.

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Closing Peninsula Prep Leaves Inferior Options

Friday, January 20, 2012

A parent leader at Peninsula Preparatory Academy, which is slated to be closed, writes: '95 percent of Peninsula Prep's students find themselves being directed by the city Department of Education to zoned public schools that Peninsula Prep outperformed.'

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Describe Your School

Friday, December 23, 2011

We know that principals are extremely busy. But perhaps the holiday break offers a few minutes for reflection, and some more principals can use SchoolBook to explain their schools to the greater education community. Just e-mail us for the link.

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Deputy Chancellor Responds to Your School Choice Questions

Monday, December 19, 2011

Marc Sternberg, the deputy chancellor for portfolio planning, responds to some of the questions left over after the SchoolBook community event at the Pratt Institute on Dec. 8. Parents asked about their options, tutoring and "what happens to the students that schools don't compete for," among other topics.

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Online Learning? Choice, Yes. But a Good One?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

After several months of reporting on K12, a publicly traded company that manages online learning programs, "a portrait emerges of a company that tries to squeeze profits from public school dollars by raising enrollment, increasing teacher workload and lowering standards," The New York Times reports.

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Walcott: School Choice Is Not Too Much of a Good Thing

Friday, December 09, 2011

A few hundred people, the vast majority of whom were parents, turned out for SchoolBook's first community event on the campus of the Pratt Institute, where Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott staunchly defended the school choice process. Audience members were able to validate feelings of anxiety and confusion, but came away with few concrete tips to help navigate the process. So those of you who have been through choosing a New York City public school: Please share your tips and advice.

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SchoolBook Town Hall Explores School Choice

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Ask a question, hear the conversation, learn about how to better navigate New York City's massive school system. SchoolBook is hosting its first live event. Join us in Brooklyn on Thursday night, as the WNYC host Brian Lehrer moderates a Town Hall discussion with the schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and a panel of in-the-trenches educators and parents.

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New York Rated Tops in Nation for School Choice

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A report by the Brookings Institution rates New York No. 1 in the nation when it comes to school choice, finding that it provided the most freedom to students and parents and the most relevant information on educational performance.

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The School Tour: Eyes Wide Open

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Visiting a school gives you an opportunity to see it in action. Here are five tips from a former city teacher on how to make the walk-through most effective, so you can choose the best school for your child.

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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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New School Guide for Parents Now Available

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

A new, free resource to help parents understand the school enrollment process and connect with school personnel was released on Wednesday.

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Mayor Merryl Tisch? The Post Floats the Idea

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

It is already evident that the New York City school system will figure prominently in the race for mayor in 2013, both in terms of policies and in union and other support. But now The New York Post, in a blind item on Page Six, is trying to entice a full-out education person to run: Merryl H. Tisch, the chancellor of the state's Board of Regents.

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Five Tips for Identifying a Good School

Monday, November 07, 2011

You have been checking the Web sites. Talking to friends. Maybe you have even been on a conga line of parents snaking through a classroom on an overcrowded school tour. But in your quiet moments, you recognize that you have almost no objective criteria for choosing the right school for your child. Peg Tyre, a longtime education journalist, will be taking your questions this week. To start off, here are five tips for identifying what makes a "good" school for your young child.

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The School Tour: Do Your Homework

Monday, October 31, 2011

The way a school is run (how it uses time, the curricular content, even teachers' professional development programs and enrichment and support programs for students) is what matters most. So before you take a school tour, prepare by researching the educational philosophy, approach, culture, programs, resources, faculty and leadership.

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At High School Fairs, Many Choices and a Few Worries

Monday, October 24, 2011

Middle school students in New York City had another opportunity over the weekend to look over the city's high schools, this time at borough high school fairs, to try to narrow down the choices for their application ballots. SchoolBook asked students (and parents and teachers) at the fair how the search had gone so far, and for advice to give to others.

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Voices From the High School Fair

Monday, September 26, 2011

The lines were long to get into the high school fair at Brooklyn Technical High School this weekend, but the hopes were high. Students talked about their interests, while parents lamented the passing of the years.

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You Have Scheduled a School Tour. Now What?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Many parents have rarely entered a classroom or school since they were students themselves. It can be hard to know what to look at or what to take into account when trying to make decisions or figure out what a school has in store for your child. This is the first in a series of posts to help parents navigate the school tour.

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Cutting Through the Debates in Search of the 'Good School'

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In "The Good Book," Peg Tyre wields research like a scythe, slicing through the thick growth of deeply rooted beliefs about education, forging a path for bewildered or frustrated parents. Still, her advice might not be practical for everyone.

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Welcome to SchoolBook: Participation Encouraged

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SchoolBook was invented by The New York Times and WNYC, but it is your site to shape, define and grow. Dive in. Read our posts. Check out the individual school pages. Study the data. Analyze the explanations. Consider the guides and resources.

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