The Takeaway

Your Stories on Education

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This week the show is taking a close look at education in America, with interviews with education experts from around the country. Takeaway listeners have had a lot to say about this topic. Parents, teachers, and education advocates alike have been chiming in on the website, on Facebook, Twitter, and by text message, email, and voicemail. Host John Hockenberry takes us through some of the best responses yet.

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The Takeaway

A Student on the Strikes in Chicago

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Early yesterday morning, the public school teachers of Chicago went on strike, and in the hours since, we’ve heard a lot about contracts, salaries, city government, and unions. And of course, we’ve also heard both sides mention the students, but in very different contexts.

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Chicago Teachers Strike

Monday, September 10, 2012

Thousands of teachers are on strike in Chicago after the teachers union and the city's education officials failed to reach an agreement on contract negotiations by midnight last night.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Carol and Joe Reich on Education Reform

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Carol and Joe Reich, talk about their role in the education reform movement. Getting to Bartlett Street: Our 25-Year Quest to Level the Playing Field in Education is the story of how they started one of the first charter schools in the country in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Black, Latino Students Make Up Nearly All School Arrests

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Black and Latino students made up more than 96 percent of the arrests by NYPD School Safety officers during the 2011-2012 school year, according to recent data released by the NYPD. But the New York Civil Liberties Union believes the numbers betray a "heavy-handed" approach to discipline, particularly in minority neighborhoods.

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Radio Rookies

"Bully" Movie Screening

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Radio Rookies attend "Bully" Movie Screening at the Village Cinema, hosted by Hive Learning Network.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Bullying

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bullying is commonplace in schools, but in recent years cyber-bullying, suicides, and school shootings have shown bullying to be a very serious issue. On this week’s Please Explain we’ll find out what constitutes bullying and aggression among children (and adults), its repercussions, and how parents, children, and schools should address it. We’re joined by Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, and Jessie Klein, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Adelphi University, and author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools.

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Court Extends NYC Church Access to Public Schools

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by New York City to keep churches out of its public schools while a judge decides whether a city law banning them from its school buildings can be enforced.



Facing Eviction, Religious Groups Ask Judge for Restraining Order While Challenging Worship Ban

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Religious groups that meet in public schools are asking a federal judge for a temporary restraining order — to let them continue worshiping there, while they mount another legal challenge to their eviction.  Last Sunday was the final day that churches were allowed to hold services in public schools.

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School-based Churches Look to Albany for Eviction Reprieve

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Some 50 churches that worship in New York City schools are hoping their scheduled eviction this Sunday will be delayed by a potential change in state law.


The Takeaway

English Immersion: The Bilingual Education Debate

Thursday, February 02, 2012

In the last 15 years, California, Arizona, and Massachusetts have all replaced bilingual education with English immersion programs as a way to address the achievement gap between native and non-native speakers. Statistics show that only 11 percent of California’s English learners reached proficiency last year. How to teach new immigrants English has become an increasingly divisive debate in classrooms across the country with politicians like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich chiming in to show their support of English immersion programs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Predatory Schools

Friday, January 06, 2012

Jonathan Mintz, commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, follows up on the topic of predatory schools and the city's campaign, "Know Before You Enroll."

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The Takeaway

An Update on Joplin, Through the Eyes of Its Teachers

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A devastating tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22 of this year. One hundred sixty people were killed, and nearly a thousand were injured. According to the National Weather Service, as much as 75 percent of the city was damaged. Three days later, Susan Moore and Regina Jones, two Joplin public school teachers, joined The Takeaway to discuss its effects on the city's schools, which were closed for the remainder of the school year. Scott Meeker, enterprise editor of the Joplin Globe, also came on the program to discuss his efforts to reconnect people over Facebook. The Takeaway speaks to them again for an update on Joplin many months after the storm.


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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Churches Out of Schools

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

After the Supreme Court let stand a ruling that the NYC Department of Education would not be discriminating if they prohibited renting space for worship services, several area congregations are scrambling to find alternative space. New York City Council Member Fernando Cabrera (D, Bronx 14), founder of the New Life Outreach International church, and Matt Brown, organizing pastor of Park Slope Presbyterian Church, which is now holding Sunday morning services at John Jay High School, discuss the issue.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Evaluating Teachers

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Philissa Cramer, managing editor at Gotham,  talks about disputes over teachers: principals are objecting to test scores for evaluations and Mayor Bloomberg has a modest proposal for class sizes. 

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The Takeaway

One Woman's Quest: Re-imagine Detroit's Public Education System

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

If Michigan legislators have their way, the state could soon be home to some of the most permissive charter school regulations in the nation.

Michigan, and Detroit in particular, is widely seen as one of the epicenters for a number of experimental school reforms. The recently introduced legislation aiming to relax the cap on charter school growth, follows a move, earlier this year, that essentially placed the worst performing schools in the Detroit Public School system into a separate district. The city and the state have been rallying to overcome U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s declaration, last year, that DPS was “arguably the worst urban school district in the country.’’

But in the push to implement sweeping school reform, some veteran educators say Detroit and the state may be missing an opportunity to make student and classroom-centered changes.


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200 Students Miss School After Implementation of Alabama Immigration Law

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Last week, The Takeaway reported on an Alabama immigration law that is considered on of the toughest in the nation. A federal judge upheld the law in a challenge by the Justice Department. Among its provisions, the law requires Alabama's public schools to check the legal documentation of its students. Since the law went into effect on Thursday, over 200 Latino students went missing from schools in Huntsville. The law does not give schools the right to turn away children. Schools are only required to report to the state if a child cannot produce legal documentation.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: New York's Public School Buildings

Friday, September 30, 2011

Jean Arrington, who has been researching New York City public school buildings from the turn of the century and who gives walking tours of school architecture, talks about the legacy of Charles B.J. Snyder, a public school superintendent who designed roughly 400 school buildings, 270 of which are still in use.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

PCBs in Schools

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency has found PCB contamination to be "prevalent" in New York City schools, and as the school year gets under way, parent, teacher and community groups have been demanding the cleanup of affected schools. Industrial hygienist Monona Rossol, author of Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia is Making Lab Rats of Us All, and Miranda Massie of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, explain the dangers of these chemicals and looks at how to eliminate them.

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