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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org.  She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.

"If New York City’s public schools were a city, they’d be one of the ten largest cities in the United States," she says.  With 1.1 million students hailing from all over the world, and well over 100,000 employees, Beth describes the school system as a fascinating lens through which to see the city. “Every social problem and challenge shows up in the schools,” she says. “And you get to see real people of all ages dealing with these challenges, not just talking about them.”

Beth is a New York City native who discovered her love for journalism at her college newspaper at the University of Michigan. She also has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. She’s won many local and national awards, including the prestigious Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism for her series of reports in 2001 about an effort to privatize some struggling city schools.

Beth also won an Edward R. Murrow award for an investigation of a subway fire. And she’s won numerous awards from the city's Deadline Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the New York Press Club -- which gave her a special award after the 2001 terrorist attacks for a profile on the friendship of two WTC survivors.

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Camp For Young Refugees Teaches U.S. School Skills

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A summer academy helps get the children of refugees and asylum seekers ready for life inside a New York City public school building.
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Integration Plans Move Ahead on the Upper West Side

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Manhattan families heard about two proposals to address crowding and segregation at a limited number of schools on the Upper West Side, but some pressed for a district-wide solution.
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Few New York Schools See High Lead Levels in Water

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

After testing the drinking water in more than 1,500 school buildings, New York City said children and families have no reason to fear elevated levels of lead.
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Police and Clergy Hold Interfaith Vigil in Brooklyn for Peace

Monday, July 11, 2016

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After a week of violence and soul-searching over the national state of police and community relations, Brooklyn clergy called for unity at a candlelight vigil with police.

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In Tense Times, Words of Comfort from a Queens Church that Lost a Police Officer

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Congregants at Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens reflected on a violent week, as they thought about the loss of police officer Rafael Ramos. He was gunned down in late 2014.

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Report: NYC Daycare Centers Overburdened by Regulations

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Providers of home-based child care are having a hard time keeping up with New York City rules that may be intended to improve care but instead are forcing some centers to close.
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City Finds Extra Money to Maintain 12 Community Schools

Friday, July 01, 2016

Community schools that lost state grants at the end of June will receive extra money from New York City in order to maintain their services for adults and kids.
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How One Bronx School Got More Parents Involved

Friday, July 01, 2016

WNYC has been following efforts to improve M.S. 22 in the South Bronx. Here's the story of how a few involved moms managed to lure more of their peers into the middle school.
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Summer Recruitment Underway for Male Teachers of Color

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In New York City, 43 percent of public school students are black, Latino and Asian boys. Yet, less than 9 percent of the teachers are men of color. The city is trying to change that.
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Wrapping up the NYC School Year

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

School's out! Here is a look at some of the big news stories from the 2015-6 school year in New York City. 
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Change Your Attitude, Ace Your Test?

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Bronx middle school that's trying to turn around its academic performance is giving kids tools to help themselves. 
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Principal Leading Boys and Girls High School Will Step Down

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Michael Wiltshire served as principal of both Boys and Girls, a struggling school, and Medgar Evers Prep, a high-performing one. He will stay on as leader of Medgar Evers.
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Advice from Jason Jones to Upper West Side Parents: Don't Talk to the Press

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

He played a fake correspondent on "The Daily Show." Now, Jason Jones has words of caution for his fellow parents about the media, as they debate their Upper West Side school's future.
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Community Schools Fear Loss of Funding at Month's End

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Twelve schools that are part of a program favored by Mayor Bill de Blasio could lose their funds if the city doesn't juggle state money on time.
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Regents Ease Diploma Requirements for Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The new rules take effect this month, in time for students preparing to graduate high school.
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Out to Lunch: One Student's Quest for Equality

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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In some high schools, if you eat in the cafeteria it suggests you're too poor to eat off campus. One New York City teen is looking for a way to give all kids more lunch options. 
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An Idea to Solve Overcrowding Receives Emotional Response on Upper West Side

Monday, June 13, 2016

WNYC
Talk of moving an Upper West Side elementary school has ignited another fury over the best way to handle overcrowding and to promote diversity.  
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Feds Sue NYC Schools for Inaction in Face of Discrimination Claims

Thursday, June 09, 2016

WNYC
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara claims New York City failed to respond properly after staff at a Queens high school accused their principal of racism and retaliation.
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School Integration 2.0: How Could New York City Do It Better?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

We talked to a lot of New Yorkers about their ideas on how to integrate the city's public schools. Here's what we learned, including one key takeaway: It's complicated. 
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City to Recruit More Blacks, Latinos for Specialized High Schools

Thursday, June 09, 2016

WNYC
New York City will invest in tutoring and support to attract more black and Latino kids to the city's elite high schools, and leave the single-test admissions process intact.
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