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Removing PCBs From Schools Now Complicated By Asbestos, Says Ed Dept

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The city's Department of Education said the hundreds of thousands of lighting fixtures it plans to replace in the city's schools because they contain PCBs are also contaminated with asbestos.

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The Takeaway

Census Reveals Major Demographic Shifts for US Children

Thursday, April 07, 2011

New data from the 2010 Census has revealed surprising facts about America’s children. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of Hispanic and Asian children in the U.S. grew by 5.5 million, while the population of white children declined by 4.3 million. How have our nation's schools handled these population shifts — particularly as states slash their education budgets? How will these demographic changes affect the U.S. in the future?

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Features

The 'It Gets Better Project' Turns the Spotlight on Anti-Gay Bullying

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The project has gotten everyone from President Obama to the Broadway cast of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" to spread messages of hope to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender teens who have been ridiculed for being gay. The project released "The It Gets Better Book" on Tuesday.

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The Takeaway

Humanities Vs Science Education as Mac Vs PC

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ignore the fact that neither individual has a college degree, but Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are finding themselves on opposite ends of a debate over education. Microsoft's Gates told an audience this month that learning should focus on the kind of work you want to do and that education should be geared towards "areas that actually produce jobs." Meanwhile, Apple's Jobs is espousing the benefits of the humanities: His company's success is not about technology alone, he said at a recent event, but "married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart."

The New York Times' Room for Debate blog is using the leaders of the Mac and PC worlds to frame this debate. What do you think? Are you with Jobs or Gates on this?

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WNYC News

More Kids Applying to NYC Private Schools

Monday, March 07, 2011

More kids are trying to get into private schools, according to data released on Monday by the Educational Records Bureau.

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WNYC News

City Plans to Remove Lights Leaking Toxins in Schools

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The city vowed on Wednesday to replace all lighting fixtures that contain the toxic chemical PCB in public schools within 10 years after a federal investigation uncovered elevated levels of the known neurotoxin and suspected carcinogen.

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WNYC News

DOE Revises School Construction Plans

Friday, February 18, 2011

The city's Department of Education is cutting its school construction plans in half.

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WNYC News

Chancellor Defends Pay-Back Policy on Schools' Rainy-Day Funds

Friday, February 18, 2011

New York City Schools Chancellor Cathie Black defended a new directive that reduces how much money schools can roll over from this school year into next year.

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WNYC News

Parents Weigh School Phase-Out During Hearing

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Parents wrangled over the proposal to phase out MS 571 in Prospect Heights and replace it with a charter school during a standing-room only hearing Monday night in the auditorium of PS 9, which shares a building with the middle school.

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WNYC News

New Concerns About Toxic PCBs in Schools Pose Clean-Up Challenge

Friday, January 21, 2011

More than 30 years after they were banned by Congress, PCBs continue to show up in lakes, rivers, plants and fish and there are new concerns about PCBs in schools. And that raises complicated questions about how to get rid of them.

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WNYC News

City Sets Aside $10 Million for Struggling Students

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

City officials have announced a $10 million program to help struggling students pass state exams in math and English. The 532 schools where more than two-thirds of students failed to pass those tests will be able to use the money for after-school classes, tutoring and to buy computer programs to help students.

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WNYC News

Majority of Students at City Schools Took a Snow Day

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Schools Chancellor Cathie Black kept public schools open Wednesday, but fewer than half of the city's students went to class.

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WNYC News

Parents Keep Kids Home from Staten Island School

Monday, January 10, 2011

Three-quarters of the students at a Staten Island school stayed home on Monday after toxic PCBs were found in two classrooms. The PCBs apparently came from flourescent lightbulbs.

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WNYC News

Calls to Shut Down Staten Island School Until PCBs Removed

Sunday, January 09, 2011

After the discovery of toxic PCBs, New York City school officials have closed two classrooms at PS 36 on Staten Island. In a letter to Michael Mulgrew, the head of the teachers union, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott said the measure was taken as a "precaution," and that the rooms would remain closed "until we are certain there is no health concern."

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WNYC News

Staten Island School Found to Have Elevated PCB Levels

Saturday, January 08, 2011

A Staten Island elementary school has been found to have elevated levels of PCBs. In a letter Friday to Teachers Union President Michael Mulgrew, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott said as a precaution, two classrooms in PS 36 had been closed and the affected materials removed until air testing could be conducted this weekend.

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WNYC News

Chancellor Joel Klein Reflects on His Tenure

Thursday, December 30, 2010

City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is packing up after eight years running the nation's largest school district. Klein led the system through dramatic overhauls and the creation of hundreds of new schools and charters. There were also controversies during his tenure about school closings and the use of high-stakes testing. The Queens native recently reflected on his time as Chancellor.

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The Empire

What you learn from the new schools chancellor

Thursday, December 09, 2010

A bearded Josh Greenman of the Daily News editorial bard describes their meeting with new schools chancellor Cathie Black, saying, "she's finally answering some direct questions."

He adds:

"We didn't get too many specifics. We did learn that there will probably be layoffs, potentially in the thousands, four thousands or so. Maybe more; layoffs of school teachers."

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WNYC News

Advocates Call for More Transparency in Evaluating School Capacity

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

An advocacy group is accusing the city's Department of Education of manipulating data to make it seem like schools have more space than they actually have.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Outgoing NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Joel Klein, outgoing Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, talks about his time in the office and Mayor Bloomberg's choice for his successor, Cathie Black.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Cathie Black Debate Continues

Monday, November 22, 2010

Meredith Kolodner, education reporter for the New York Daily News, discusses tomorrow's advisory committee meeting of education experts, which will dictate whether Cathie Black's lack of experience makes her unfit to run New York City's schools.

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