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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

On Teachers in Limbo, Contract Satisfies Few

Friday, May 30, 2014

There are more than one thousand New York City teachers rotating weekly to different schools because they don't have a permanent position. The union contract takes a crack at a solution. 

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Offers for Gifted and Talented Programs Increase, Disparities Persist

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A higher number of students received offers for a seat in a gifted and talented program but the total number of students was smaller than last year. Families have until June 6 to grab one of the coveted seats.

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NYC Drama Teachers Meet Their Idol

Friday, May 23, 2014

Drama teachers from across New York City were thrilled to get a master class with Stephen Sondheim. But it was the Broadway legend who got emotional praising their work.

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Cell Phones in Schools: Lessons from the Front Line

Monday, May 19, 2014

New York City school kids aren't allowed to bring their phones to class. But at one Brooklyn high school, teachers are playing by their own rules.

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Judge Dismisses Attempt to Block Co-Locations

Friday, May 16, 2014

James stood by her claims that "forced co-locations that result in overcrowding, special students' losing space, and elementary students being mixed with high school students, are unacceptable.”

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Five Things in the Teachers Contract You May Have Missed

Friday, May 09, 2014

As union members decide how they will vote on the proposed $5.5 billion-dollar teachers contract, check out some of the fine print. There is a lot more in the deal than pay raises.

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Mayor Puts Free Lunch on Ice

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Despite the City Council's urging, Mayor Bill de Blasio isn't ready to offer free meals to all New York City students because he's not sure that the city won't lose federal funds.

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Delegates Recommend a Yes Vote for Teachers Contract

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Delegates from the United Federation of Teachers approved the proposed contract, sending it to their members for a final vote. But after going without a contract since 2009, some said they had to accept the deal even if the raises weren't as high as they would have liked.

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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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