Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Bloomberg Reveals (Some) Contingency Plans

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

With time running out for the Senate to renew the law giving him control of the schools, Mayor Bloomberg says he's reaching out to the five borough presidents in case the old board of education needs to be reconstituted.

Bloomberg joined a surreal press conference in Albany, via video feed, with Governor Paterson and legislative leaders.

He again urged all 62 Senators to come together and pass the same bill the Assembly already passed, reauthorizing mayoral control of the schools. He also urged voters to call their lawmakers to add some pressure. And he warned that if mayoral control expires "come tomorrow, the lawyers take over" because personnel and policy issues would all be subject to litigation and uncertainty.

But for the first time he also hinted at his backup plans.

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Albany: Down to the Wire

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

WNYC reporter Beth Fertig will update the status of mayoral control negotiations and the contingency plans being worked on if it expires. Then, Lawrence Levy, Executive Director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra and former columnist for Newsday, to discuss how Long Island and other local communities ...

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What Happens Should Mayoral Control Expire

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Even with the Senate set to get back to business today, Mayor Bloomberg's administration is considering the unthinkable: what to do if mayoral control does expire. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports,the expiration could lead to a hornet's nest of issues.

REPORTER: If mayoral control does expire, ...

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Bloomberg Reaches Out to Borough Presidents on BOE

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg continues urging state senators to renew the law granting him control of city schools. But with time running out before the midnight deadline, he's also reaching out to the five borough presidents about reconstituting a board of education. Five of the board's seven ...

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Mayoral Control Down to the Wire

Monday, June 29, 2009

It's getting down to the wire.

Senate Democrats say they'll put off any more meetings with Republicans about who's in charge of the chamber until Wednesday. In the meantime, they plan to vote on $7 billion of "non-controversial items" including tax increases requested by New York City. But mayoral ...

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What if Mayoral Control Does Expire?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg's administration is finally contemplating the unthinkable: what would happen at 12:01 a.m. on July 1st, if mayoral control of the schools expires because of the chaos in Albany.

City Hall has been looking at various scenarios and poring over the language of the state law. But Mayor Bloomberg hasn't yet said what the city would do. "Everything you did would probably go straight to court," he told reporters, because there's no road map for an orderly transition from one school system back to another. He said the city would have to restore some $350 million back to the bureaucracy which now goes to the classrooms, and "it's not clear whether we could sign contracts."

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Senate Democrats Urge Republicans to Vote on Stimulus Bills

Monday, June 29, 2009

Democrats say they want to table any questions about the leadership of the State Senate until next month and they're urging Republicans to join them in tomorrow's special session to vote on several bills worth $7.2 billion in federal and stimulus package spending. A bill ...

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Bloomberg Warns Bureaucracy Will Mushroom Without Him

Friday, June 26, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says the city school system would become a much bigger bureaucracy if the Senate doesn't renew the law giving him control of the school system.

BLOOMBERG: We've taken roughly $350 million a year out of the bureaucracy and put it back into the classroom. ...

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NYC's Test Scores, Prospects for Mayoral Control

Friday, June 26, 2009

Today is the last day of class for New York City public school students. But the test prep isn’t over yet for Mayor Bloomberg. He faces the voters this fall as he runs for a third term. Bloomberg has made school reform one of his ...

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Playground Politics

Friday, June 26, 2009

In Albany, state senators are no closer to a resolution in their leadership dispute. They showed up for a special session yesterday, but each party gaveled in and gaveled out separately, and in a matter of minutes.

Some observers have accused the Democrats and Republicans in ...

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Playground Etiquette Tips for N.Y. Senators

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Genevieve Chan, age 5, at a playground in Chinatown.

Genevieve Chan, age 5, at a playground in Chinatown.

Some observers have accused the Democrats and Republicans in the state Senate of acting like children. I went to a playground in Chinatown to ...

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Bloomberg: It's Me or the U.S.S.R.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at PS 69’s fifth grade graduation. June 23, 2009. (Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at PS 69’s fifth grade graduation. June 23, 2009. (Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg is urging senators to set aside their differences long enough ...

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Charter Schools: Are They Saving Harlem's Schools or Just Pockets of Success?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New York City is well on track toward Mayor Bloomberg’s goal of having 100 charter schools by the fall. Charters are publicly funded but privately managed. Some parents believe they provide competition that can force the rest of the school system to improve. But others believe they’re draining resources. The ...

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Charter Schools: Are They Saving Harlem's Schools or Just Pockets of Success?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New York City is well on track toward Mayor Bloomberg’s goal of having 100 charter schools by the fall. Charters are publicly funded but privately managed. Some parents believe they provide competition that can force the rest of the school system to improve. But others ...

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Effects of Harlem's Charter Schools

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tomorrow is the last day of classes for public school students and while the kids hit the playground this summer, the Mayor will be on the campaign trail, debating his success with the schools and one of his initiatives: to expand charter schools.

The administration set ...

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City Graduation Rates Rise

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The city's graduation rate is up and Mayor Bloomberg is taking credit. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The state tracked students who entered ninth grade in 2004. In New York City, 56 percent of them graduated high school four years later. That's an increase of ...

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Fate of Mayoral Control in Senate Uncertain

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Assembly Democrats in Albany have approved a bill to preserve Mayor Bloomberg's control over city schools. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, even if the Senate gets back to business, there's no consensus there on school governance.

REPORTER: Senate Democrats are split. Many support the Assembly's ...

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Divided Dems Toy With Mayoral Control of Schools

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The State Assembly is poised to vote on a bill today preserving Mayor Bloomberg's control of the city schools when the 2002 law expires on June 30th. But even if Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate could bridge their great divide and hold a session, they're a long way from agreeing on mayoral control of the schools.

Today, John Sampson of Brooklyn - who was installed on Monday as co-leader of the Senate Democrats - told a handful of reporters in Albany that he wasn't happy with the Assembly bill. Sampson has been critical of the current system of mayoral control of the schools. In fact, he co-sponsored a bill that would dilute the mayor's power over the Panel for Educational Policy.

"The school governance bill that I sponsored I would like to put forth, or look at their [Assembly] bill and look at our bill and see if there can be some compromises," Sampson said, according to the Daily News and New York Post websites.

But with the clock ticking, Sampson was asked if there was time to get a bill passed in the Senate. "You shouldn’t ask me that question, you should ask Senator Skelos that question," he told the reporters, referring to the Republican who took control last week and refuses to give it up.

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Klein Disputes Graduation Rate Decline

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Chancellor Joel Klein is disputing a study that finds attendance and graduation rates declined at many large high schools, after the city phased out some of the most dysfunctional schools and replaced them with small ones.

Klein notes that graduation rates have actually been going up. ...

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Mayoral Control Bill Passes NY Assembly, With Caveats

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Assembly's education committee has approved a bill to renew Mayor Bloomberg's control of city schools, but with minor changes. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, some critics are still trying to change the bill before it goes to the full Assembly tomorrow.

REPORTER: The bill keeps ...

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