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Beth Fertig

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Rikers Island Inmates Complete Writing Project

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Rikers Island is infamous for its jail. But with 11,000 inmates waiting weeks or months for their court appearances, the facility also has to provide its younger residents with a school. The Horizon Academy is open to inmates between the ages of 19 and 21 who want to continue their ...

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MTA Way Behind on Security Upgrade

Thursday, March 02, 2006

A new report by State Controller Alan Hevesi finds the MTA is far behind its self-imposed deadlines for upgrading security after the 9/11 attacks. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: Security reasons prevented Hevesi from detailing which projects are behind schedule. But out of 16 that were listed as high priority, he ...

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TWU Petitions for Second Vote

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Petitions are circulating within the Transport Workers Union requesting a second vote on the contract that was rejected last month by only seven votes. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The petitions are going around several bus depots in Brooklyn. John Paul Patafio chairs the Jackie Gleason depot.

PATAFIO: I believe that ...

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MTA Defends Subterranean Transit Hub

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The MTA is defending its plans to build a new transit hub fifteen stories below Midtown. The East Side Access project would connect the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The president of the MTA's Capital Construction division says the agency is moving ...

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Charter School Advocates Start Lobbying Albany

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Two-thousand-six is a critical year for the future of charter schools in New York State. Governor Pataki has proposed lifting the cap that allowed only 100 charters statewide. Supporters claim these publicly-financed but privately-managed charter schools are strong alternative to regular public schools, and they’re seeking to convince state lawmakers ...

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Campaign for Fiscal Equity: FAQs

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Audio: CFE’s attorney and former director Michael Rebell explain the lawsuit

Frequently Asked Questions about the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Lawsuit

1) What is the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Lawsuit?

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity is the name of a group of education advocates and parents from New York City. They ...

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MTA, Union Moving Slowly on Contract

Friday, February 10, 2006

Despite recent talks, the Transport Workers Union and the MTA seem no closer to a deal than they were when the union rejected its contract last month by 7 votes. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The union says the latest discussions have been more about process than substance - with no ...

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Gov Gives City Power to Double Charter Schools

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Governor Pataki wants to give the city schools chancellor the power to create up to 50 more charter schools. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

New York State authorized a hundred charter schools when the law was signed in 1998, and the state has now reached that limit. With support from parents ...

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Half-Hour Plus, Added to School Day for Thousands

Monday, February 06, 2006

The school day will get a little bit longer for more than 300-thousand New York City public school children today. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The schedule change is part of the new teachers contract. Most schools are adding an extra 37 and-a-half minute class, four days a week. These classes ...

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Subway Conductors More Likely to Vote 'No'

Thursday, February 02, 2006

A new tally released by the Transport Workers Union shows that subway workers were more likely to vote no on their contract with the MTA than bus workers. The contract was rejected last month by only 7 votes. About 70 percent of subway condutors and train operators voted no. WNYC's ...

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TWU Meeting Erupts in Shouting Match

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Opposing forces inside the Transport Workers Union erupted into a raucus shouting match last night, after union leaders held their first executive board meeting since members rejected their contract with the MTA. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Dissidents within the union claim they were marginalized during the meeting by President ...

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TWU Planning Next Step in Arbitration Battle

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The executive board the Transport Workers Union will hold its first meeting today since members rejected their contract with the MTA by only seven votes. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Union leaders have been plotting their next steps ever since the stunning rejection on January 20th. Today's meeting will be their ...

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To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate: That is the Question

Friday, January 27, 2006

Now that transit workers have rejected their contract with the MTA, the two sides are waiting to find out if they’ll go back to the table OR have an outside party settle their dispute. The MTA has asked the state to appoint an arbitration panel which could impose a settlement. ...

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Mixed Feelings as Transit Workers Vote on Contract

Friday, January 20, 2006

Today is the deadline for transit workers to vote up or down on their contract with the MTA. The proposed agreement calls for wage increases of almost 11 percent over 3 years. But it also requires all workers to pay 1.5 percent of their salaries for health care – the ...

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Klein Seeks New Test Score Tracking

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein outlined his goals for his next four years at the helm of the city's schools. The biggest change in Klein's next term is directed at the way tests scores are used.

Schools currently look at whether their scores on a particular grade go up or down from ...

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"Too Soon" to Clear Schools in Abuse Case

Friday, January 13, 2006

Administration for Children's Services Commissioner John Maddingly says it's too soon to know whether Nixzmary Brown's school reported her abuse promptly. But Chancellor Joel Klein says officials followed correct procedures. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Nixzmary Brown and three of her siblings attended PS 256, where officials say they all had ...

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Teacher Contract Adds Minutes, Confusion to School Day

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Starting next month, thousands of New York City students will have to take an extra period of class four days a week. The mid-year adjustment is being made under a new contract with the teachers union which was reached late last year. As WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports, it’s causing tremendous ...

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New Exhibit Shows Sandhogs in Natural Habitat

Monday, January 09, 2006

Most New Yorkers take the city’s water supply for granted. We turn on the tap, and there it goes. But that water comes from reservoirs north of the city, as far as the Catskill Mountains, and travels through tunnels deep underground. And a new tunnel is now being built by ...

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Pataki Had no Knowledge of MTA Givebacks

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Governor Pataki continues to insist he had no knowledge that the MTA agreed to give a $130 million refund to transit workers as part of its tentative contract with their union. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The governor has said transit workers shouldn't be rewarded for striking. If approved, the ...

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NY Gets B Minus for Education

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A new national report card gives New York an overall grade of B minus for educational quality. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The survey by the publication Education Week examined ten years worth of data since states began raising their standards. New York was a leader in this trend. It was ...

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