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Beth Fertig

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Disgruntled Teacher Makes False Bomb Claim

Friday, April 24, 2009

Garabitos

A Bronx middle school teacher who threatened to blow up a bomb in a classroom this morning has been sent for medical attention and will be arrested, according to the NYPD. Francisco Garabitos was taken away from the school this morning after negotiating with the NYPD and a teachers union representative. He did NOT have a bomb.

But he did have a record of complaints against him and was supposed to be temporarily reassigned today to an education department office while waiting for the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding. The UFT says 55-year old Francisco Garabitos was apparently upset about being re-assigned, after he allegedly hit a student yesterday.

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Unhinged Bronx Teacher Makes Bomb Threat

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Bronx middle school teacher who threatened to blow up a bomb in a classroom this morning is now in police custody, after undergoing a medical evaluation at Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The NYPD says he will be arrested, but it's not clear what charges the ...

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Teacher in Custody After Bomb Threat

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Bronx middle school teacher who barricaded himself inside a classroom this morning after initially claiming he had a bomb is now in police custody. The incident began at around 8:30 this morning, and students from the New Millenium Business Academy and two other middle ...

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Group Says NYC Lacks Focus on Special Needs Students

Friday, April 24, 2009

Despite gradual improvements in test scores special education students are still performing far lower than other students, and they're disproportionately black and Latino. That's according to a new report by the non-profit group Advocates for Children of New York.

Executive Director Kim Sweet says there's a ...

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SI Gets 1st Charter School; Will Help Mentally Ill

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A lottery will be held tonight for seats in Staten Island's first charter school. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the grade 6-through-12 school has an unusual program.

REPORTER: When the John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School opens in September with its first class of sixth graders, ...

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Earth Day at P.S. 208

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Katrina Freeman, age 9, at Earth Day party at P.S. 208 in Harlem with recyled water bottle art.

Katrina Freeman, age 9, at Earth Day party at P.S. 208 in Harlem with recyled water bottle art.

It was a birthday party for ...

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Earth Day at P.S. 208

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It was a birthday party for planet Earth. That’s how students at P.S. 208 in Harlem celebrated Earth Day. The 200 elementary students had a party in their gymnasium with a cake and snacks in recyclable bags. They also made party favors out of recyclable ...

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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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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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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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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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