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City: Grad Rates Show More Students Staying in School

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New York City's Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky talks with WNYC about the trends in the high school graduation rates, and how increased standards will affect graduation numbers going forward. Listen to the full interview here.

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Divisions Persist in Debate Over E. Ramapo School Aid

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

WNYC

WNYC's Brian Lehrer spoke to the author of an article about tensions in the East Ramapo school district. Then he interviewed Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder, the former school board president, who responded to claims that members of the local Orthodox Jewish community are abusing their power on the school board to gut the public schools. Listen to both interviews and join the conversation.

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CUNY Chancellor Says Number of Remedial Students Still a Concern

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WNYC

After 14 years on the job, Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the City University of New York, is stepping down this summer. He tells WNYC that while the system has changed and grown, the persistently high number of city students who are not ready for college is "too high." Take a listen.

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Game Offers Elementary School Kids a Chance to Solve World Peace

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

WNYC

Hear esteemed teacher John Hunter talk about his experience teaching world peace to his elementary school children. Over the decades, he said, the children have gotten less prone to war even with violent video games at their disposal.

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Author: Bullying is Serious but Not an Epidemic

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The author of a new book about bullying said taking social capital away from the bullies is key to combating it. There is a lot schools can do to help, Emily Bazelon said, but parents need to do their part too.

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Tackling the Harder Climb to Higher Education

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The same day the city unveiled a web-based college assistance site, two experts on access to higher education explore some of the issues low-income and first-generation college students face. It's one thing to get into college; it's another to pay for it or make it to graduation.

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Catholic Church Closes More New York Schools

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Another two dozen Catholic schools will close by the end of the school year. Wall Street Journal reporter Lisa Fleischer says the archdiocese hopes it's the last wave of closures in the consolidation that has shuttered more than 50 Catholic schools in the last two years.

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Who Has Inspired You to Think Differently?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A memory of a great teacher named Ms. Katz, recalled by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, sparked callers and online readers to name their own teachers who inspired them to think differently. Who is your Ms. Katz?

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On WNYC: Charter Schools and Attrition

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Reporter Beth Fertig reviews the findings of her Charters & Choices series on The Brian Lehrer Show. DOE data showed that charters have overall lower attrition rates than district schools but the debate remains open - and heated - about what kind of students attend charters and who is most likely to leave.

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Beyond The Basics, Teaching Kids 'Eco-Literacy'

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A psychologist and author argues that schoolchildren need to be "eco-literate" so they understand complex environmental issues and make smart decisions for the future.

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Fuchs: Teachers and Unions On the Defensive

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A former advisor to Mayor Bloomberg warned against demonizing teachers in the battle for teacher evaluation systems, better work conditions, and job security. She also cautioned teachers not to dig in their heels against all changes. And the comments came rolling in.

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As Public School Costs Rise, Reports Draw Diverse Reactions

Friday, July 06, 2012

In a series of reports, SchoolBook, The New York Times and WNYC explored the rising cost of public school for parents of New York City schoolchildren — from the increased reliance on parents for everyday supplies to the growing phenomenon of extreme fund-raising at some city schools. Here is a recap of the reports, as well as readers' reactions to what they read and heard.

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Bringing the World Into the Classroom

Monday, May 07, 2012

SchoolBook is examining the issue of how to incorporate news headlines into the classroom by hosting an event with teachers on Tuesday. Ahead of the discussion, WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show" spoke with Peter Nelson, director of the New York City branch of the organization Facing History and Ourselves, to ask how to blend current events with curriculum demands.

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New Diplomas Will Not Lower Standards, Regents Chancellor Says

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, made the case on WNYC on Wednesday that a proposed career and technical high school diploma would not be easier to obtain than the current Regents diploma. And, yes, she took questions about the current outcry over faulty state math and English exams. Listen to her interview on "The Brian Lehrer Show."

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Walcott, Turnaround Schools, Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show" used Spring Break to catch up on the latest education news.

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Conflicts Arise When Parents Are Asked to Close School Money Gap

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

After years of budget cuts, families are reaching into their own wallets more and more to pay for basics, like school supplies, as well as pooling enough funds to hire school staff. Kyle Spencer, a New York Times contributor, and Beth Fertig of WNYC spoke on "The Brian Lehrer Show" about SchoolBook’s effort to collect information from parents on their public education spending.

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High Schools Scramble to Use Credit Recovery Before Policy Ends

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

One of the creative accommodations that has developed in this era of data-driven education is about to come to an end, and some city high schools and their students are making a last-ditch effort to take advantage of it.

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Following Shooting, Bullying Is Again in the Spotlight

Monday, March 12, 2012

School communities are turning yet again to issues of bullying, guns and violence following the shooting rampage two weeks ago at Chardon High School near Cleveland. On WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show" on Monday, Jessie Klein, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Adelphi University, makes the case that bullying, while hardly a new phenomenon, is a growing crisis in American schools that stems from a culture of competition and aggression.

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Mayor and Union Talk on Radio About Evaluations (Separately)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Two of the main parties in the teacher evaluations drama took to the airwaves. They accentuated the positive -- a deal on an appeals process for teachers rated as ineffective -- and mostly left the remaining open issues for another day. Hear what they had to say.

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Equity and Quality Debated at M.L.K. Event

Monday, January 16, 2012

Listen to excerpts from a live event co-hosted by WNYC's Brian Lehrer as panelists discuss the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s battle for equal education for all.

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