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.
Beth Fertig appears in the following:
Friday, October 02, 2015
The man who will succeed Arne Duncan is both inspiring — and controversial.
Friday, October 02, 2015
John King Jr. is Arne Duncan's deputy and was New York's education commissioner before heading to Washington. Like the man he's replacing, he's no stranger to controversy.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
A group that fought for more pre-kindergarten and after-school programs claims the city continues falling short in providing childcare for infants and toddlers.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
On the same week that Jews celebrated Yom Kippur and Catholics greeted the Pope, Muslim students have their very first school holiday.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Department of Education has named a seasoned insider to overhaul how schools engage with families, but it's no easy task.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio explained how his education agenda will improve all schools but he said he hasn't committed to specific diversity plans, in his interview with WNYC's Brian Lehrer.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The new scorecard for colleges includes mounds of data about average costs for students, and how graduates fare years later. We offer five tips to making sense of it all.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Elementary and middle school teachers are used to teaching basic writing skills. Now, high school teachers are getting a blueprint to take students' writing to the next level.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Mott Haven Academy Charter School in the Bronx specializes in working with homeless students, students living in foster care, and those who've experienced trauma.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio used the first day of school to tout pre-k, community schools and helping teachers do a better job. Some of the kids he visited were into the play table.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
It's back to school time in New York City. Here's our rundown of some of the lively debates and key issues sure to come up this year.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
The city is adding over 200 new sports teams in the coming school year. Over half of them will cater to previously under-served girl athletes.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The unions claim a new state law makes it easier to get rid of ineffective teachers, but two groups of parents say it's not enough.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
When Pope Francis visits Our Lady Queen of Angels in East Harlem next month, he'll meet some curious third and fourth graders armed with questions.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Public Advocate Letitia James is suing the Department of Education for not providing air-conditioned buses for students with disabilities, as required by law.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The mayor's strong words follow a drop for him in the polls and rising concern about crime and homelessness.
Monday, August 17, 2015
New proposed legislation would stop the use of grand juries in cases where a police officer is accused of killing a civilian.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
A new web-based system now enables volunteers to use tablets provided by the city as well as their own smart phones to help count every city tree.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Three weeks before school starts, New York City officials say they are well underway to inspecting all of the roughly 1,800 pre-kindergarten classrooms slated to open.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Students in grades three through eight performed slightly better on the 2015 English and math tests than the year before. See how your school scored.