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Jennifer Medina

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August 2003: Journalist.


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Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) New York Times Source Jun 4, 2011

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Jun 04, 2011 Efforts to Ban Circumcision Gain Traction in California

QUOTE: When a group of activists proposed banning circumcision in San Francisco last fall, many people simply brushed them aside. Even in that liberal seaside city, it seemed implausible that thousands of people would support an effort to outlaw an ancient ritual that Jews and Muslims believe fulfills a commandment issued by God... Activists say the measures would protect children from an unnecessary medical procedure, calling it “male genital mutilation.”

New York Times
May 13, 2011 Family Quarrel Imperils a Labor Hero’s Legacy

QUOTE: When Cesar Chavez was alive, he was a major force in California politics and agriculture. “The problem now is that the organization has simply drifted,” said Miriam Pawel, who has written a book about the union and is working on a biography of Mr. Chavez. “It has become a family-run organization that is sort of purposeless and does little or nothing to help farm workers.”

New York Times
Mar 28, 2011 Arriving as Pregnant Tourists, Leaving With American Babies

QUOTE: For months, officials say, the house was home to “maternity tourists,” in this case, women from China who had paid tens of thousands of dollars to deliver their babies in the United States, making the infants automatic American citizens. Officials shut down the home, sending the 10 mothers who had been living there with their babies to nearby motels.

New York Times
Feb 24, 2011 Suit Accuses F.B.I. of Spying at Mosques in California

QUOTE: The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations say in the suit that the informant, Craig Monteilh, violated members’ civil rights and subjected them to “indiscriminate surveillance” because of their religion.

New York Times
Feb 09, 2011 Charges Against Muslim Students Prompt Debate Over Free Speech

QUOTE: When administrators at the University of California, Irvine, decided to suspend the Muslim Student Union for a quarter over the disruption of a speech last year by the Israeli ambassador to the United States, most thought the latest controversy on campus had ended.....[prosecution] reignited campus debate about the event but have also prompted a feisty argument about the role of free speech on a college campus...

New York Times
Aug 09, 2010 Schools Are Given a Grade on How Graduates Do

QUOTE: In most school systems, what happens to students like Ms. Croslen after they obtain their diplomas is of little concern. But the New York City Department of Education acknowledges that despite rising graduation rates, many graduates lack basic skills, and it is trying to do something about it.

New York Times
Jul 28, 2010 New York Students Struggle, Reading Scores Show

QUOTE: New York State education officials, admitting that the state’s annual tests were not properly measuring student proficiency, released results Wednesday showing that more than half of New York City students were failing to meet state standards in reading, at a time when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg boasted that more that more than two-thirds of city’s students were reading at grade level.

New York Times
Jul 19, 2010 State’s Exams Became Easier to Pass, Education Officials Say

QUOTE: New York State education officials acknowledged on Monday that their standardized exams had become easier to pass over the last four years and said they would recalibrate the scoring for tests taken this spring, which is almost certain to mean thousands more students will fail.

New York Times
Jun 18, 2008 Money for Needy Goes to Wealthy Schools, Report Says (City Room)

QUOTE: According to the analysis, the Education Department is distributing much of that money -– more than 40 percent -– to schools that are either high-performing, wealthy, or both. Under state law, 75 percent of the money should be distributed to schools with the “greatest educational needs.”

New York Times
Mar 05, 2008 Next Question: Can Students Be Paid to Excel?

QUOTE: School districts nationwide have seized on the idea that a key to improving schools is to pay for performance...Critics of these efforts say that children should be inspired to learn for knowledge’s sake, not to earn money, and question whether prizes will ultimately lift achievement.

New York Times
Feb 23, 2008 Desegregation Order Lifted From a School in Brooklyn

QUOTE: The order was imposed when the district...was largely white and the Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled that it was steering white, middle-class students away from the school, deliberately segregating it.

New York Times
Jan 14, 2008 State to Audit No-Bid Award of City’s School Contracts

QUOTE: [New York] state comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, is opening an audit of the City Education Department’s increasing practice of awarding contracts without competitive bidding. In the past five years such contracts have totaled $315 million.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2007 50 New York City Schools Fail Under New Rating System

QUOTE: Because the grades are based largely on improvement, not simply meeting state standards, some high-performing schools received low grades. The Clove Valley School in Staten Island, for instance, received an F, although 86.5 percent of the students at the school met state standards in reading on the 2007 tests.

New York Times
Aug 21, 2007 More Students Finish School, Given the Time

QUOTE: Faced with 70,000 students or more who are years behind in obtaining the credits needed to graduate from high school, New York City is at the forefront of a movement to recognize that for a significant number, high school might stretch into five, six, even seven years… [and] New York is not unique in the vast number of students who are at risk of dropping out.

New York Times
Aug 15, 2007 How New Arabic School Aroused Old Rivalries

QUOTE: When aides to Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein were presented last fall with a proposal for an Arabic language and culture school... they said they could not resist the appeal of a school that seemed right for the times and that would be a piece of the school system’s mosaic of dual-language programs.[But] Those intentions ran straight into the treacherous ethnic and ideological political currents of New York...

New York Times
Jul 31, 2003 To Cut Failure Rate, Schools Shed Students

QUOTE: "...we have to make sure that everyone knows it's not acceptable to tell children to leave a school because they've fallen behind."

New York Times
Oct 09, 2002 Bilingual Education on Ballot in Two States

QUOTE: Teachers, parents and politicians on both sides of the debate say that teaching English as a second language to 4.4 million students in public schools is critical to helping them succeed in American society. But they are at odds over which approach is most effective.

New York Times