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Beth Fertig

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The Debate Over "Community Education Councils"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

There’s an election taking place in New York City right now… quietly, and on the Internet. Parents of public school students are casting “straw votes” for community education councils. The councils were created by the state after Mayor Bloomberg was given control of the city ...

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Mayor Introduces Volunteer Requirement for Schools

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg's new effort to expand volunteer opportunities in New York City also includes a requirement for the schools.

Starting this fall, every school in the city will have to provide a public service program. Volunteers from AmeriCorps will provide assistance in all 1500 schools. Beth ...

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Straw Vote Gives Council Parents Advisory Role

Monday, April 20, 2009

Parents of New York City public school students have until Wednesday to cast their votes in a straw poll for Community Education Councils. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the votes are not binding.

REPORTER: The city's 32 local districts each have a Community Education Council, ...

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Brooklyn International Students on 'Being American'

Friday, April 17, 2009

In this 400th anniversary year of Henry Hudson's voyage on a Dutch ship to what would become New York, Amsterdam and New York City are celebrating their shared history. Both are multi-cultural cities with immigrants from more than 150 countries. But there are challenges, too. ...

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Cultural Comparisons: Schools In NY and Amsterdam

Friday, April 17, 2009

New York City is celebrating a 400th anniversary and is sharing it with the city of Amersterdam. it was 400 years ago when Henry Hudson was searching for a route to the east indies. instead, his dutch ship found new york harbor.

Both cities are diverse, ...

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Amsterdam's Challenge: Helping Muslim Students Adapt

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It’s a city with over 170 different nationalities and almost half of its people are ethnic minorities. No, it’s not New York. It’s Amsterdam. This month marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage from Amsterdam to what would become New York. As the two ...

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More Are Applying to Public Kindergarten

Monday, April 13, 2009

City parents in several neighborhoods are anxious about whether their local schools will have enough kindergarten slots this coming fall. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: It's hard to know if it's a true economic indicator, because the public school application process is different than it ...

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(New) Amsterdam

Monday, April 06, 2009

Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World and Beth Fertig, education reporter for WNYC News, reports on the commemoration of Henry Hudson's first sighting of New York Harbor in 1609 in New York and Amsterdam.

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Mind Over Matter

Monday, April 06, 2009

The cornerstone of the Obama campaign was change. But transforming the country begins one mind at a time. Time Magazine’s Michael Grunwald talks about the White House’s use of behavioral science. And: most Americans believe in the supernatural. But why? Cognitive scientist Bruce Hood says that “super sense” is critical ...

Council Report Accuses DOE of Wasteful Spending

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is scheduled to testify at a city council hearing on the education budget. The city schools face hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cuts in the coming year, and with budget talks still going on in Albany, it's not entirely ...

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Parents Sue Over School Closings

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The teachers union, the New York Civil Liberties Union and several parents have filed a lawsuit against the city's Education Department. They claim the city is closing schools without community input. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: The case concerns community education councils, elected parents and residents ...

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Bloomberg and Weingarten Lobby for Education

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

As state lawmakers meet on the budget, Mayor Bloomberg and teachers union president Randi Weingarten went to Albany today to lobby for education money. The two met with the governor, as well as Assembly and Senate leaders.

Weingarten called school aid a "lifeline" to city students ...

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State Assembly Holds Final Hearing on Mayoral Control of Schools

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hundreds of parents and community leaders turned out for the last state Assembly hearing about mayoral control over city schools. The law that gives Mayor Bloomberg control is up for renewal in June. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Patricia Connelly, of a group called the ...

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Final Meeting on Mayoral Control of Schools

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hundreds of people are at a public school in Brooklyn testifying before state lawmakers on whether the mayor of New York should keep control of the city's schools.

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Patricia Connelly and Ellen Raider of the parent commission think the mayor has too much power over school zoning and siting issues, and doesn't listen to communities.

Mayor Bloomberg is hoping the state will re-authorize the law it approved years ago before it expires in June. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, there are several other ideas out there.

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Comptroller Supports Mayoral Control of Schools

Friday, March 20, 2009

City Comptroller Bill Thompson says he supports keeping mayoral control of the schools when the law expires in June. But at the last in a series of hearings on the matter by the assembly's education committee, Thompson called for changing the selection process for members ...

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Business Group Says Mayoral Control Helps Graduates

Friday, March 20, 2009

The president of the pro-business Partnership for New York City says mayoral control has improved the public schools. Kathryn Wylde testified at the city's final state assembly education committee hearing on the matter today. She says employers now have more faith in city graduates. Wylde ...

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Control Issues

Thursday, March 19, 2009

This June the state legislature will decide whether to renew the 2002 law that gave Mayor Michael Bloomberg control of the city’s schools. Supporters and critics of the law are each mounting fierce campaigns. WNYC Senior Reporter Beth Fertig took a look at one controversial group that supports reauthorization of ...

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Bonus Time

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The March 25th deadline looms large for the MTA. Richard Ravitch, head of the Ravitch Commission, talks about why he stands by his MTA rescue plan despite opposition in the State Senate. Also, WNYC's Beth Fertig on the hot-button issues of mayoral control. Plus, March weekly guest Simon Johnson explains ...

About Those Subway Ads for the Schools

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Television ads proved expensive

Television ads proved expensive

'Keep it Going, NYC'

That's the tag line for a series of subway ads about the New York City public schools. The ads tout higher graduation rates, and say 'Because every child deserves a great education, New York City Public Schools are making big improvements.'

Some New Yorkers have wondered whether these ads are at all connected to Mayor Bloomberg's re-election campaign. Some have asked if they're related to an even fiercer campaign right now over whether Albany should renew the law that gave Bloomberg control of the public schools when it expires in June.

For the record, the ads are by the Fund for Public Schools - a non-profit based at the Department of Education, which raises private money for the city schools. That's the same Fund that was headed by Caroline Kennedy.

'It raises flags of 'what is the message?'' says Chris Keeley, Associate Director of Common Cause, New York. 'The success of the schools or success of Mayor Bloomberg? Maybe they’re intertwined.'

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Should the Mayor Control NYC Schools?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This June, the state legislature will decide whether to renew the 2002 law that put Mayor Michael Bloomberg in charge of the city’s schools. It’s a controversial subject, with supporters and critics of the law each mounting fierce campaigns. As WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports, there ...

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