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Beth Fertig

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NYC Charter School Fight Moves to Court

Monday, March 10, 2014

With both sides saying they are fighting for the children, Eva Moskowitz and Mayor de Blasio continue to spar over plans for a charter school that he has rejected and now she is suing to open.  

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Chart: Manhattan Advantage in Public High School Admissions

Monday, March 10, 2014

You may or may not know that it's rare for students outside of Manhattan's School District 2 to get into one of the district's best high schools. We have a chart that shows you just how rare.

 

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You Can Exhale Now. Maybe. High School Acceptances Out This Week

Monday, March 10, 2014

If past is prologue, about three quarters of students applying to public high schools will be accepted to one of their top three choices. But could that number be even higher if applicants spread out their choices? 

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The Battle Over Charter Schools is Just Beginning

Friday, March 07, 2014

Who's controlling the narrative in the charter school debate? WNYC's Beth Fertig and Robert Lewis explain the role of prominent charter booster Eva Moskowitz; where pro-charter funding comes from; and why this has become such a flashpoint between Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo.

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One Charter School Group Sits Out Latest Battle

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Charter schools come in a variety of shapes and sizes so it's only natural that their response to a new mayor should be complicated. Tuesday's rally showcased one faction of the movement; other charter schools are taking a different approach.

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Mayor, Governor Push Competing Education Agendas

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Tuesday was education day in Albany, with dueling rallies and swarms of advocates lobbying state lawmakers for their support of universal pre-k and charter schools. 

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Chancellor Recommends Book to Calm Test Nerves

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

State tests don't start until April 1 but are very much on the minds of teachers and students now. To ease their anxiety a little the leader of the NYC school system is telling them to chill out, and have a sense of humor about the dreaded standardized tests.

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Mayor: Now We Have the Pre-K Seats, Still Need the Funding

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In response to a request for proposals, the  Department of Education said potentially it could open 29,000 full-day seats this fall, well over the mayor's initial target. But the issue of money -- and the rush to expand -- remain causes for concern. 

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Charter Schools, Chancellor Find Common Ground, Leave Tough Calls For Another Day

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said she and about 100 charter school leaders had a productive first meeting but there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the future of these privately managed schools in the city.

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Investigation Slams No-Show Principal

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Department of Education is moving to fire the principal of a Queens elementary school who investigators say was routinely absent or late, and doctored her time-cards. 

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Cuomo Digs In Against de Blasio's Pre-K Tax

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The governor's latest line of attack marks a new phase in his assault on Mayor de Blasio's push to tax wealthy city residents to fund pre-k. And Cuomo appears to have the upper hand.

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This Week In Politics: An Unexpected Storm

Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Mayor Bill de Blasio was surprised by the cold this week. His pre-k plan is getting an icy push back from Governor Cuomo, reporters are grilling him at length, his Schools Chancellor is being mocked for saying "it's a beautiful day" in the middle of a sleet storm, and even ...

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De Blasio Prepares for 'Profound Fight' Over Pre-K

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The NYC mayor said he was ready for battle despite signs in Albany that his tax plan for expanding pre-kindergarten may have hit a roadblock.

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Harlem Children's Zone Leader Steps Down

Monday, February 10, 2014

Geoffrey Canada, the nationally recognized educator who founded the Harlem Children's Zone and inspired President Obama to offer similar programs, is handing over day-to-day operations to his second in command. 

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De Blasio Wants NYC Grads to Fill Local Tech Jobs

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mayor de Blasio said more native New Yorkers should be tapping into the city's high-tech industry so he's looking to create a two-year STEM associates program at the City University of New York to help them.

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Clock Ticking, Charters in Limbo Look to Mayor

Friday, February 07, 2014

Charter schools were the darling of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who allowed them to co-locate inside regular public school buildings. But two lawsuits are trying to stop 28 more charters from opening this coming fall, putting pressure on a new mayor who is less enamored with the privately-run public schools.

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An Olive Branch? Chancellor to Meet with Charter School Leaders

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The head of the city’s public schools has agreed to her first meeting with the local charter school community.

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Pressure Mounting to Halt Evaluations Tied to Common Core

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Getting blow-back from their constituents and teachers unions, state lawmakers are calling for a moratorium on any high-stakes decisions based on the new Common Core learning standards.

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De Blasio: Reviewing 'Broken' Process of Locating New Schools

Monday, February 03, 2014

The mayor said he's shifting funding at the Dept. of Education to reflect his priorities, namely pre-k seats and smaller class sizes. "We're not spending the $200 million-plus on charter expansion," he told WNYC's Brian Lehrer. 

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Chancellor Requests More Money for Pre-K Seats, and Less for Charter Schools

Friday, January 31, 2014

In a shift in priorities from the Bloomberg years, Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants to use funds that previously went to help charter schools for expanding pre-k seats and for reducing class sizes. The funds were included as part of the chancellor's revisions to the Department of Education's next five-year capital plan.

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