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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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Where Rich and Poor School Districts are Side by Side

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

School segregation isn't always about race. A new report finds the gaps between rich and poor neighboring districts in New York and New Jersey rank among the nation's highest.
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After a Late Start, City Recruits More Middle Schoolers for Specialized High School Prep

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The mayor's plan to increase diversity at the city's most competitive high schools kicked off just a few months before the admittance test.
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What to Make of Rise in Test Scores? Top Ed Leaders Differ

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

After touting progress on this year's tests, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa offered slightly different takes on the results.
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For Three Bronx Middle Schools, How Much Progress is Enough?

Monday, August 15, 2016

The low-performing schools in the Bronx are still waiting to hear if they've improved enough to get off the state's dreaded Persistently Struggling Schools List.
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Faculty on the Hook for Healthcare Bills as Dowling College Closes

Friday, August 12, 2016

Faculty members claim they're owed money for healthcare bills by Dowling College, the financially troubled Long Island liberal arts school that's closing at the end of August.

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De Blasio Defends His Approach to Fixing NYC Schools

Thursday, August 11, 2016

New York City's mayor defended his views on test prep, charter schools and how to fix the nation's largest school system, all on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show.
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Upper West Side School Gets New Building, But Who Will Attend?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

An Upper West Side school with a high percentage of students from public housing will move to a new building in the fall of 2017. 
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Protesting 101: How a Suspended Student Learned What Not to Do

Monday, August 08, 2016

It's been a summer of protests across the U.S. As students ponder their own role, here's what a Staten Island teen learned about standing up for a cause.
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How U.S. Charter Schools May Be Tied to Turkey's Political Unrest

Friday, August 05, 2016

The cleric Turkey accuses of plotting the recent failed coup attempt has been linked to a network of U.S. charter schools, including four in New York and six in New Jersey.
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Seeking Future Engineers and Architects in the South Bronx

Monday, August 01, 2016

The city agency responsible for building libraries, police precincts and even wheelchair ramps is looking for the next generation of architects and engineers at Bronx summer camp.
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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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