Beth Fertig

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City Schools Get Graded

Monday, November 05, 2007

Most of the city's 14-hundred public school principals got their grades today, as the city gave out its first ever progress reports. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, there were many surprises.

REPORTER: About 60 percent of the schools got As and B's. But some schools that ...


MTA Bears No Grudge

Friday, November 02, 2007

WNYC reporter Beth Fertig explains the controversy over the MTA's stand to support allowing, conditionally, the TWU to start deducting union dues automatically again -- without first promising never to strike. Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) Straphangers Campaign, agrees with ...

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Transit Union Has to Promise Never to Strike Again

Friday, November 02, 2007

The MTA is willing to let the transit union collect dues from its members again unless it threatens another strike. The union lost its right to automatically take dues from members' paychecks after the illegal citywide transit strike in 2005.

REPORTER: MTA Spokesman Jeremy Soffin says ...


City Principals Get Graded

Thursday, November 01, 2007

City principals will get their grades next week. The Education Department is handing out it’s first-ever progress reports. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The reports will have A through F letter grades for each school. They factor in the school's environment, its test scores, and ...


City Schools Change Admissions to Gifted Programs

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New York City is making the admissions process for gifted and talented programs in the public schools more uniform. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The city is planning to guarantee admission to a local gifted and talented class to any child who scores in the 95th ...


MTA: Fare Hike A "Go"

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The MTA says it's still planning for a fare hike next year, despite the pleas of transit riders and politicians who showed up for today's monthly board meeting.

REPORTER: Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodksy delivered a letter signed by 45 lawmakers asking the MTA to delay a ...


Washington Meeting Aims to Reduce Area Air Traffic

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The US Transportation Secretary has scheduled a meeting today in Washington, aimed at reducing delays at JFK airport. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Traffic at JFK has grown by 40% in the past year and a half, and delays are among the worst in the nation. ...


Number Seven Train Extension Faces Cost Overruns

Monday, October 22, 2007

MTA officials say they won't be able to start construction on a new subway station at 41st Street and 10th avenue unless they come up with an extra $450 million dollars in the next nine months.

REPORTER: The number 7 train extension from Times Square to ...


Cash Merits for Successful Teachers

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Teachers at 200 of the city's lowest performing public schools may be eligible for up to $3,000 each if their scores go up this year. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The teachers union has been historically opposed to merit pay. Union president Randi Weingarten says ...


Teachers May Earn Cash for Improving Student Achievement Levels

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Teachers in 200 of the city's low-performing public schools will be eligible for cash rewards if they raise test scores this year. Mayor Bloomberg says the program will encourage teachers to work in struggling schools while also challenging them to do more for students.



Transit Advocates Work to Prevent Fare Increase

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

In a preview of the fight to come, a coalition of lawmakers and transit advocates has sent a letter to the MTA asking to postpone any fare hike until April 15th - after the state budget deadline.

REPORTER: Assembly Democrat Richard Brodsky says the MTA should ...


Students Could get Paid for High Test Scores

Monday, October 15, 2007

Students at 25 city high schools and 6 parochial schools will make extra money if they do well on their Advanced Placement tests. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The students can earn between 500 and a thousand dollars, depending on how high they score. The ...


NYU to Open Campus in Abu Dhabi

Saturday, October 13, 2007

New York University has made an agreement with the government of Abu Dhabi to build a campus in the Persian Gulf Emirate. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

FERTIG: The campus in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, will serve 2000 students when it opens in ...


MTA Turns to GPS for Keeping Buses On Time

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Bus riders in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper East Side are seeing the wave of the future: new electronic displays telling them when they can expect the next bus. Fifteen signs have now been installed as the MTA begins using global positioning systems to track ...


8 States Reach Nation’s Largest Environmental Settlement

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The federal government's landmark environmental settlement with a power plant company based in Ohio is being praised by officials and environmental advocates as a major victory for New York.

REPOTER: John Walke, clean air director with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., says the ...


School Safety Agents Prompt Thousands of Complaints: NYPD

Friday, October 05, 2007

WNYC has obtained a letter in which the Police Department says it's received almost 2700 complaints against its school safety agents over the past five years. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The New York Civil Liberties Union and student groups have been complaining about what they ...


City Releases Plan to Clean Up Jamaica Bay

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The city has released its long awaited plan to clean up its national park at the end of the A train. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Jamaica Bay is steadily losing its salt marsh islands because of pollution from local development and dirty water from sewage ...


Special Ed Case Heads to Supreme Court

Monday, October 01, 2007

The US Supreme Court hears arguments today over whether a New York City student receiving special education services at a private school is eligible for public dollars. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Special education students are entitled to go to private schools at taxpayer expense if ...


Supreme Court Hearing Some Local Cases

Monday, October 01, 2007

Special education advocates say a New York case being heard in the US Supreme Court today could affect the future of students across the country.

REPORTER: The case involves a former Viacom executive who wants the city to pay for his son to attend a private ...


MTA Says No Choice But to Raise Fares

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

MTA Officials say problems with programming their metro card vending machines aren't the sole reason for proposing a 25 cent fare increase next year instead of a smaller increment, such as a dime.

REPORTER: Executive Director Elliot Sander acknowledged getting the machines to store and collect ...