Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

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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State Assembly Votes on Mayoral Control

Monday, June 15, 2009

The State Assembly's Education Committee is scheduled to vote today on a bill that would preserve the mayor's power over the city schools. The bill keeps the mayor's control over 13-member Panel for Educational Policy which replaced the old Board of Education. But it requires ...

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Bloomberg Uncertain But Optimistic About Keeping School Control

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he is uncertain about the fate of mayoral control of the city's schools, now that there's a State Senate leadership battle. The state law granting mayoral control expires on June 30th.

BLOOMBERG: Now the good news is it's the summer. The bad news ...

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Turning Around Failing Schools from Within

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

There’s a common presumption among school reformers that the best way to deal with a failing school is to shut it down and reopen it with a whole new staff. But others believe it’s possible to make change from within. WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports on ...

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Six Days in Breukelen

Saturday, June 06, 2009

This year New Yorkers are celebrating the 400th anniversary year of Henry Hudson’s voyage from Amsterdam to our shores. Some students in Brooklyn are getting a history lesson about the Dutch settlement here that they wouldn’t find in a textbook. They’ve spent the past few ...

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Adding Up

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

WNYC’s Beth Fertig talks about improvements in student math test scores.

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Math Scores Are Up, Raise Your Glass

Monday, June 01, 2009

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Bloomberg at PS/MS 15 in the Bronx announcing rise in math scores. Almost 82 percent of city elementary and middle school students met the statewide standards in 2009, a gain of 7.5 points over last year.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Bloomberg at PS/MS 15 in the Bronx announcing rise in math scores. Almost 82 percent of city elementary and middle school students met the statewide standards in 2009, a gain of 7.5 points over last year.

Mayor Bloomberg looked practically giddy as he announced that almost 82 percent of city students met or exceeded state standards on this year's math tests. This puts city children within shouting distance of their counterparts in the rest of the state. In the rest of the state, not counting the city, about 89 percent of students met the standards. The mayor also noted that the achievement gap had narrowed between both black and Hispanic students and their white counterparts.

But Bloomberg wasn't the only one smiling. As usual at these 'good news' announcements, the mayor was joined by the heads of the United Federation of Teachers and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators for a press conference at PS/MS 15 in the Bronx. As the mayor shared credit with the teachers and principals for the rising test scores under his watch, they bestowed a little love in return by making some of their strongest statements to date about their support for continuing mayoral control of the city schools. The 2002 state law that put Bloomberg in charge expires at the end of the month and lawmakers are debating whether to renew it. Most support continuing it with a few adjustments.

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New York State's Math Scores Rise

Monday, June 01, 2009

More than 86% of New York's elementary and middle school students met the state standards for math this year. That's an increase of almost six points from last year.

State education commissioner Richard Mills says the gains were incremental and he cites a number of reasons.

MILLS: ...

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Gains in Test Scores Seen Across NYS

Monday, June 01, 2009

New York State's Education Department plans to release the math scores today for this year's tests in grades three through eight. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the results could affect Mayor Bloomberg's bid to retain control of city schools.

REPORTER: The law that put the mayor ...

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State Lawmakers Debate Mayoral Control of City Schools

Sunday, May 24, 2009

There's just a month to go before the expiration of the law that put Mayor Bloomberg in charge of the schools. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, state lawmakers are hoping to agree on a bill this week.

REPORTER: Senate Democrats have been wrestling with the matter ...

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