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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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With Earlier Release, Teachers Can Discuss Test Questions

Monday, June 29, 2015

WNYC
Teachers in New York State will have a little more freedom to talk about standardized test questions and answers, following legislation approved last week.
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Edison Series Major Award Winner

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Education series makes difference.
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Community Schools to Offer Free Vision Screenings and Glasses

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WNYC
The city is spending $10 million to expand free vision screenings in schools and will also provide free glasses to children through a collaboration with the local company Warby Parker.
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New York City Budget Includes Expanded Breakfast for Students, More P.E. Teachers

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WNYC
Elementary schools will allow breakfast in the classrooms, principals can hire more physical education teachers and so-called Renewal schools will get more funds to help them improve. 
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When Research Projects Replace State Tests

Monday, June 22, 2015

WNYC
While thousands of teens are slogging their way through state tests required for graduation, a few dozen schools get a pass. Is their approach a glimpse into the future? 
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Chancellor Merges Two Sets of Struggling Schools

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WNYC
Two more sets of low performing schools will be consolidated, as New York City's Chancellor Carmen Fariña demonstrates that she isn't wedded to saving every school that struggles.
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As Pre-K Expands, Early Child Care Gets Squeezed

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WNYC
New York City has hundreds of child care centers serving infants through four-year-olds. They've been struggling because they don't get enough money from the city and rents are rising.
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City Offers Summer 'Bootcamp' for Aspiring CTE Teachers

Thursday, June 11, 2015

WNYC
New York City teachers can use the break to get certified in graphic arts software and the latest automotive tools.
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City Responds to Complaints About Childcare Funding

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

WNYC
City Hall says that after listening to complaints from early childcare providers, it will change the way they are funded while also giving a raise to employees.
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City's Denial of Early Childhood Contracts Raises Questions

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

WNYC
City Council members are rallying to save 10 longtime early learning centers whose contracts were not renewed this year, and they question the city's decision process.
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NYC Schools to Allow Condom Demonstrations in Class

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

WNYC
Teachers can now show New York City high school students how to use a condom rather than just talk about it. 
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Cardinal Courts Lawmakers Over Education Tax Credits

Monday, June 01, 2015

WNYC
Cardinal Timothy Dolan urged Albany lawmakers to pass Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education tax credit that assists private and parochial school donors and families.
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Adult Course Offers Learning For The Sake Of Learning

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Clemente course provides low-income adults with college-level education about the arts, literature and the humanities — topics often lost in the race to get a practical degree.

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City Hall Responds to Protests, Restores Summer Program Funding

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WNYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration reversed course on Thursday, restoring funds so that 17,000 middle school students can attend enrichment classes over the summer.
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Soccer Club Eases Transition for Yemeni Students

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WNYC
New arrivals from Yemen with prodigious soccer skills are finding benefits of the game extend well beyond the field.
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Fariña Lauds Guidance Counselors, Plans Modest Boost in Ranks

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WNYC
Twenty-eight guidance counselors had a rare moment in the spotlight, as Chancellor Carmen Fariña recognized them with awards for their work in New York City schools.
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Former Florida Chief Named NY State Education Commish

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WNYC
MaryEllen Elia's appointment to the state's top education post was praised by a range of stakeholders, including teachers who cited her record as a good collaborator in Florida.
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Chancellor Tisch Stands By Charter School Rejections

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WNYC
While the decision by New York officials to reject 15 new charter schools raised concerns for some, Board of Regents head Merryl Tisch shut down criticism with a few choice words.
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Who Benefits from Cuomo's Education Tax Credit Plan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WNYC
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pressing lawmakers to pass $150 million worth of education tax credits before the legislative session ends. We look at who really would benefit from the credits.
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What de Blasio's Progressive Budget Looks Like

Friday, May 08, 2015

Mayor de Blasio's $78.3 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2016 presents the fullest picture yet of how his administration aims to make good on its main policy goals.

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