Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

D-Day for the College Bound

Friday, May 01, 2009

Today is the deadline at many colleges and universities for incoming freshmen to decide whether to accept offers of admissions. It’s been an unusually competitive year because of a boomlet in students applying to colleges, and because families hit hard by the economy have fewer ...

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School Construction Not Cut in Budget

Friday, May 01, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says his budget was able to protect school construction from additional cuts. The capital plan includes $11.3 billion over the next four years -- enough to build 25,000 seats. But 8,000 of those seats are being carried over from the current capital plan, ...

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The Poetry of Mayor Bloomberg

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters in his newly-opened Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Four more poetic years? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with supporters in his Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

In honor of 'Poem in Your Pocket Day,' Mayor Bloomberg has written an ode to volunteerism. Last week, the mayor joined MTV News's Sway Calloway to kick off NYC Service, the city's new volunteer project. The Upper Manhattan event was described by WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly as having 'pulsating dance music and wild exuberance from the youthful audience.'

This week, Hizzoner is taking a more low-key approach to promoting public service. His poem smells less like teen spirit and more like... well, the importance of being earnest:

NYC SERVICE
By Mike Bloomberg

“Volunteer!” says our latest plan

Here's how all New Yorkers can:

Read to kids

Mentor one

Help some seniors have some fun

Serve some soup

Or plant trees

Spend some time at food pantries

Coach a team

(Always nice)

Give some legal or tax advice

Learn to do CPR

Or...

Join the NYC Civic Corps

Help in any way, kind volunteers

You'll receive New Yorkers’ cheers

But right now, to get the biggest thanks

Help the pitching on the Mets and Yanks

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St. Francis Prep Students Stay Home

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

St. Francis Preparatory School will not reopen until Monday. Seventeen-year-old junior Sarah Melore has been home with a fever and cough since the weekend, and says her doctor told her yesterday she probably DOES have the swine flu although it hasn't yet been confirmed by ...

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Bronx Teacher Faces Charges

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Bronx middle school teacher faces multiple charges after barricading himself in a classroom yesterday. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Francisco Garabitos was led away by police less than three hours after claiming to have a bomb. About 1200 students were evacuated from the building, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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