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Beth Fertig

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City Council Flexes (Limited) Authority Over Charter Schools

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A City Council hearing on charter schools focused less on the bill in question and more on concerns about charter schools' disciplinary and enrollment policies, as symbolized by a certain orange t-shirt.

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Arts Groups Scramble to Join After-School Expansion

Monday, May 05, 2014

The city has sweetened the pot for programs that include arts partners in their plans to expand, setting off a matchmaking flurry among after-school groups.

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Teachers, Principals Looking For Big Changes in School Days

Friday, May 02, 2014

If approved by the union, the new teacher contract will require teachers to spend more time in professional development and meeting parents — a tradeoff some educators said makes sense, but others question.

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City Reaches 'Landmark' Contract with Teachers Union

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Details are out on a labor contract deal between New York City and its public school teachers. The mayor said it represents a huge breakthrough for New Yorkers because it does not rely on tax increases, and includes health care savings.

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Teachers of New Immigrants Refuse to Give Students an English Test

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Teachers at a school for newly arrived immigrants said they won't administer an assessment because they think it is harmful to their students. City officials disagree.

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Test Prep Questions Raise Concerns On Eve of Math Tests

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Comedian Louis C.K. vented on Twitter this week about the prep questions his kids had ahead of the state math tests. Other NYC parents said they're also confused by the new Common Core-aligned math tests third through eighth grade students are taking this week.

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Brother of Lost Autistic Boy Heads to Law School after Tragedy

Monday, April 28, 2014

Last fall, Danny Oquendo was organizing volunteers to search for his autistic half-brother Avonte who had gone missing from school. The boy's tragic death led Danny to change his career. This fall, he's heading to law school to help children with special needs.

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Common Core, Testing, UPK

Friday, April 25, 2014

As applications are sorted, what are the logistical challenges for staffing, finding space, and evaluating the impact of universal Pre-K? Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org, reports on the behind-the-scenes work at the Department of Education, plus what teachers told her about testing and common core.

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Student Filmmakers Take Center Stage

Friday, April 25, 2014

Films by New York City public school students are being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, including a satirical horror movie about testing.

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City Opposes More Environmental Oversight Rules for Schools

Thursday, April 24, 2014

An effort to increase oversight of environmental risks inside school buildings is meeting resistance from city officials who balk at the additional regulation and costs.

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City Finds Buildings For 'Homeless' Charter Schools

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Two charter schools that were blocked from opening this fall inside other public schools will open in former Catholic school buildings instead, under a new plan from City Hall.

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Free Lunch For All Students Gets Boost from Council Budget

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

All New York City students soon could be eating lunch for free, if the mayor chooses to embrace a City Council proposal to spend about $24 million while also tapping into a federal program that reduces the stigma -- and paperwork - of free lunches.

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Teachers Sound Off on State English Tests

Monday, April 21, 2014

Some city educators object to the New York's recent English exams for grades 3-8, but that doesn't mean they're opposed to higher standards.

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Accordions, Clarinets and a Xylophone for City Schools

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WXQR listeners donated about 2,500 instruments.

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A Pay Raise for Pre-K Teachers

Monday, April 14, 2014

As part of his pre-k expansion, Mayor de Blasio is setting aside $10 million in state funds to increase teacher pay.

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Push for School Door Alarms Hits Wall

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The disappearance and death of the autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo has led to a proposal to install door alarms in schools, but at what cost?

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New Group Defends Common Core

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Common Core has come under intense criticism lately. Enter a new group that wants to sway public opinion in support of the tougher learning standards.

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NYC Chancellor: Matchmaking Makes Better Schools

Monday, April 07, 2014

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina is acting as matchmaker-in-chief, pairing struggling school leaders with colleague-mentors. "You know it's one thing to read a book about how you should be doing things...it's quite another thing to go into a classroom and see them working," she said. 

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Teachers Weigh In, Mostly Against, State English Tests

Friday, April 04, 2014

A small but vocal number of teachers is claiming this year's New York State Common Core English tests were once again obscure and too difficult for students in grades three through eight.

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City Launches Pre-K Expansion, Adding Four Thousand New Seats

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to expand pre-kindergarten became more tangible on Wednesday when the city announced there would be thousands more full-day seats available in public schools this fall.

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