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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 2000 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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Alternatives to Suspension: Inside a 'Restorative Justice' High School

Monday, April 27, 2015

WNYC
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is urging schools to try restorative justice practices in order to reduce suspensions. What does that look like?  At one school, it means much more talking.
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Addressing Student Behavior with a 'Restorative Justice' Circle

Monday, April 27, 2015

WNYC
A look inside a high school that has used mediation and other techniques to change the culture of the school community, and sharply bring down suspension rates.
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New York Grants Extension for Teacher Evaluation Phase-In

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WNYC
The chancellor of the New York Board of Regents steps in and postpones by a year Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to enact new teacher evaluations by this fall. 
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Researcher Questions Whether Pre-K Supply Meets Demand in NYC

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WNYC
A high-profile researcher claims there could be many more families who need full-day pre-k classes than the city thinks, but Mayor de Blasio's administration is confident about its math.
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Educators Go Silent on State Tests, More Than Last Year

Friday, April 17, 2015

Concerns about the state tests may be legion, or they may comprise a small fraction of public opinion. We don't know because most educators are too nervous to talk about them.
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Tisch: Political Battle Over Teacher Evals Spurred Opt Out Movement

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WNYC
New York's Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said she didn’t expect so much uproar about testing when she suggested changes to the teacher evaluation system last year.
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Six More NYC Schools Land on State's 'Out of Time' List

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WNYC
New York's Department of Education has added six low-performing city schools to a watch list for those most in need of dramatic interventions.
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Brooklyn Principal Lures Local Parents to a Middle School in Transition

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WNYC
A middle school in Cobble Hill decided to improve its reputation, and its chance of survival, by collaborating with local families who previously shunned it for more prestigious schools.
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Cuomo: Budget Was Victory Over 'Formidable' Opposition

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

WNYC
Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a victory lap on Wednesday, claiming the new state budget includes a better teacher evaluation system despite tough opposition from the teachers union.
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New York Budget Increases School Funding, Amends Teacher Eval Rules

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WNYC
Under deadline pressure, Democrats in Albany reluctantly agreed to a deal on how teachers are evaluated despite opposition from educators and policy makers across the state.
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Education Partisans Vow to Keep Fighting on Items Excluded From Budget Deal

Monday, March 30, 2015

The future of teacher evaluations, mayoral control of the city schools and the DREAM Act are still uncertain now that they're left out of the state budget.
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Students Claim City Sports Program Discriminates Against Small Schools

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WNYC
Student athletes protested at a City Council hearing — they say city funding favors big schools with more white students.
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Charter Leader Moskowitz Defends Her Policies, Won't Say if She's Running for Mayor

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WNYC
In an interview on WNYC's Brian Leher Show, charter school leader and lightning rod Eva Moskowitz defended her schools and her policy of not filling empty seats in upper grades.
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More Unwanted Teachers Leave System Under de Blasio

Monday, March 23, 2015

WNYC
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has gotten more "excessed" teachers to leave the system, mostly by encouraging them to take the retirement deal laid out in the new teachers contract.
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Mayor De Blasio Defends His School Improvement Plan

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WNYC
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio makes the case that struggling schools have a better chance of turning around with his approach than with the plan proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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DREAM Act and Education Tax Credit Appear on Collision Course

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WNYC
With the Republican-led State Senate opposed to the DREAM act and the Democrat-led Assembly opposed to an education tax credit, Albany observers wonder how both items can survive.
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Being 12: The Year Everything Changes for Kids, Schools, Tech, Bodies

Friday, March 13, 2015

WNYC
Download this special program on why 12 matters so much. It's a "hot mess" of change. Hear straight from New York City kids — and a few adults — on Being 12. 
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When Relationships Reign Supreme

Friday, March 13, 2015

WNYC
Déjà Palmer, 12, is spending much more time worrying about friendships and romance, but she also knows she's too young to let dating dominate her life.
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Judge Rules Teacher Tenure Suit Can Proceed

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Staten Island judge has found no reason to dismiss a lawsuit by parents challenging the state's teacher tenure system, but the union said it still believes the case is without merit.
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When Parents Get Drawn Into School Politics

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Protests continue today as parents from all sides of the education debate react to Gov. Cuomo's budget proposals, which would change how teachers are evaluated and students are taught.

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