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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Mayor Doubles Down on Renewal Strategy for Struggling Schools

Monday, May 04, 2015

WNYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio is adding $34 million to his budget proposal, to make up for a shortfall in state funding at struggling schools.
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Bringing Baltimore to the Classroom

Saturday, May 02, 2015

WNYC
The riots and protests in Baltimore may seem far away from the classrooms in New York City, but some teachers have made a point of incorporating them into their lessons.
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NYC Changes Course on How to Help a Struggling School

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WNYC
After promising intensive support to a middle school in Crown Heights, officials say they've decided it's better to merge it with a more successful neighbor.
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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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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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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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