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Whatever Happened to Mark Zuckberg's $100 Million Gift to Newark's Schools?

Friday, May 16, 2014

In 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to Newark's troubled school district, and then-Mayor Cory Booker promised to change the face of urban school reform. 

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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Commissioner John King on Common Core and Equality

Friday, May 16, 2014

John King, New York State Education Commissioner and President of the University of the State of New York, argues that Common Core opponents are standing in the way of achieving racial equality in our schools.

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The Takeaway

Common Core Exams Push Some Parents to Opt-Out

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A growing number of parents and activists are convinced high-profile tests aren't accurate markers of a child's achievement, and many are choosing to "opt-out" by boycotting tests aligned to the new Common Core standards.

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Schoolbook

New York Schools Most Segregated in U.S.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WNYC

The most segregated schools in NYC? Charters, according to a new report.

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New Jersey News

Claiming "Dysfunction," Newark Superintendent Will No Longer Attend School Board Meetings

Friday, February 28, 2014

WNYC

The state-appointed Newark Schools Superintendent, Cami Anderson, is no longer attending the monthly school board meetings that draw hundreds of parents and community members.

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Schoolbook

A Lawmaker’s Personal Mission: More LGBT-Friendly Schools

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How a culture war that happened more than two decades ago still reverberates in city schools.

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Schoolbook

De Blasio Wants to Enroll More Pre-K Students Than NJ Has in 15 Years

Friday, February 14, 2014

WNYC

The education commissioner of New Jersey, where there's been universal pre-k in some districts for more than a decade, has cautionary words for the mayor of New York City: Pre-k is a long game; it won't come fast.

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The Takeaway

The Future of Secondary Education in America?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chicago's Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy is working to prove that the old way maybe isn't always best. At Sarah E. Goode, students attend high school for six years, graduating with a high school diploma and an associate's degree. Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor at Time Magazine reported on this story in a cover story for the latest edition of the magazine. Stan Litow, IBM vice president of corporate citizenship and one of the innovators behind the Sarah E. Goode school explains what his dreams for this model look like. 

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The Takeaway

School Lunches Come With a Serving of Politics

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Last year, more than 5 billion school lunches were served to over 30 million students across the country through The National School Lunch Program. In total, more than 224 billion lunches have been served since the program’s start. But with every lunch comes new criticism of the program. Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition and Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, has given this issue much thought. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the main obstacles to better lunches and what the lunch program of the future should look like.

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WNYC News

It's Gross Out There; Here's How to Get Around

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Another winter storm hit the area late last night and its aftermath is making for a tricky commute. We have everything you need to know about transit, plowing, parking and everything else for a slushy evening.

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Schoolbook

In One School, a Snapshot of Bloomberg's Education Legacy

Thursday, December 19, 2013

NPR

Small schools, charter schools, data points -- these are signature policies of the Bloomberg era and they are all on display in one building near Union Square in Manhattan.

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Schoolbook

Judge Stalls Efforts to Identify Person Behind Leaked School Assessments

Thursday, December 05, 2013

WNYC

An Essex County Superior Court Judge in New Jersey has temporarily stalled efforts by the Montclair Board of Education to identify the person who leaked more than a dozen school tests days before students were scheduled to take them.

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Transportation Nation

A Push for Humps Not Bumps Near Schools

Monday, November 25, 2013

Roadways around New York City schools could be getting a little bumpier.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Only in NYC: High School Selection Scramble

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org discusses the school evaluation reports released yesterday.

Then, Clara Hemphill, senior editor at Insideschools.org at The New School, offers guidance for students and parents deep in the public high school admissions process, with the deadline just after the holiday.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wilco's Nels Cline Wants You to Play Guitar

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nels Cline, guitarist for the band Wilco, talks about his work with Guitar Mash and the need for music education in schools.

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New Tech City

A Civic Call for NYC Techies: Bring Digital Talent into Public School Classrooms

Monday, November 11, 2013

"The tech community is rising up and saying, 'We can actually help here. We can actually develop programs, go into public schools and start teaching science and math, teaching teachers and actually building the future that we want as opposed to waiting for the government to respond,'" according to Andrew Rasiej, chairman the 35,000-member NY Tech Meetup.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fiscal Crisis Resolution; Sharpe James; Schools Chancellor Walcott; Wendell Berry

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hear the latest from Washington on a resolution to the fiscal crisis and government shutdown from the National Review's Robert Costa and NY Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Plus: former Newark Mayor Sharpe James; poet and environmentalist Wendell Berry; NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on teacher evaluations; and the listener suggested "Open Phones" segment.

New Jersey News

Reports: NJ Schools Some of the Nation's Most Segregated

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Some schools in New Jersey are strikingly segregated, according to two new reports.

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New Jersey News

Four Tiny School Districts To Vote on Merger

Friday, September 20, 2013

WNYC

The parking lot at Stockton Elementary, a four-room schoolhouse near the Delaware River, is also the playground. The school with no auditorium or cafeteria is its own school district.

It's asking voters on Sept. 24th to consolidate its district with three others in the area, but voters worry merging will mean losing local control.

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