Beth Fertig

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A New Look at Skyscraper Safety

Friday, June 24, 2005

Ever since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, engineers have been taking a whole new look at skyscraper safety. Yesterday, a federal agency released its own recommendations following a lengthy investigation into the collapse of the Twin Towers. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Investigators have said all ...


Building Safety Report Due Out Today

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Federal investigators will release their recommendations today for making tall buildings safer, following their study of the 2001 World Trade Center collapse.

The recommendations will take a broad look at building safety. They're expected to focus on fireproofing and evacuation procedures that can help buildings and their occupants survive a terrorist ...


State to Toughen Regents Requirements

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The state board of regents is planning to vote today on a plan to phase in tougher graduation requirements.

The proposal is aimed at softening the state's plan to raise the passing score from 55 to 65 on all five Regents exams students need to earn the more prestigious Regents Diploma.

Under ...


Summer School Hires Based on Experience Okay

Friday, June 17, 2005

An arbiter has ruled city teachers who work during summer school may be hired based on their experience, not seniority. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The decision marks a win for the city. The teachers union had filed a grievance last year when the Education Department bypassed traditional seniority rules during ...


Teens Want to Give Harlem School a New Life

Friday, June 17, 2005

It’s been thirty years since PS 186 in Harlem was closed because of its dilapidated conditions. The neglected building has been rotting away ever since. Now, students at a Harlem-based community center have created an exhibit about their local eyesore with the goal of changing it. WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports.


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More Precise "Reportcards" for Schools

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The City Council is considering legislation that would give parents more information about overcrowding in their local public schools.

The Education Department publishes annual report cards for each school. They list the number of students, teachers and test scores. But they don't give class sizes. They just note the citywide average ...


LIRR Faces Complaint Over Access to Disabled

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against the disabled – and one of its key features is accessibility. Advocates for the disabled claim the Long Island Rail Road is failing to comply with the law at two of its stations. And they’ve filed their first complaint against the agency ...


Charter Students Ace Statewide Tests

Friday, June 10, 2005

Charter school students out-performed other New York City public school students, according to a breakdown of the latest state test results.

Out of 19 charter schools in New York City, 13 did better on the statewide 4th or 8th grade tests than the average for their local district.

Charter schools are public ...


Vacuum Train Back on Track by Month's End

Monday, June 06, 2005

Transit officials don't know how long it will take to fix the vacuum train that derailed in Brooklyn last week but they hope to have their other one working by the end of the month.

The vacuum train can suck up 40 tons a week worth of newspapers and trash between ...


Gifford Miller Questions 4th GradeTest Scores

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

One of the Democrats who's running for mayor says the recent 10 point gain in fourth grade reading scores isn't all it's cracked up to be.

REPORTER: City Council Speaker Gifford Miller says 84 percent of fourth graders who attended summer school last year - because they were in danger of ...


Citywide Gains in Math and English Scores

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Another batch of test scores is out, and once again New York City public school students showed big gains. Combined scores went up 14.4 percentage points on the citywide English exams and 7.5 percentage points in math.

The city's annual tests are given in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7. For ...


Final Voyage of Broadway Local No. 9

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Subway riders in Harlem and the Bronx can say goodbye to the number 9 train. Yesterday, it made its final voyage. From now, the 1 line will make all local stops.

The 9 train started running in 1989 to allow the Broadway Local to skip some stops between Harlem and Van ...


AIDS Group Settles for Millions Against City

Friday, May 27, 2005

The City has agreed to pay almost $5 million to the AIDS service group Housing Works to settle an eight year old lawsuit.

The suit was filed in 1997 against then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani and various city officials after contracts with Housing Works were terminated.

The non-profit claimed it was being punished for ...


Flushing School Serves Immigrant Students

Monday, May 23, 2005

There are more immigrants living in New York City than at any time since the 1920s. Thirty six percent of all New Yorkers were born outside the United States, according to the 2000 Census. The immigration boom has changed the face of the city’s public schools. About two out of ...


4th Grade English Scores Rise 10%

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Fourth grade English scores in New York City went up 10 percentage points, the largest one-year gain to date. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Almost 60 percent of city fourth graders met state standards on the English Language Arts Exam. Black and Hispanic students still lag behind whites and Asians but ...


Wall Collapse Snarls Traffic on Henry Hudson

Friday, May 13, 2005

REPORTER: It was a scene more familiar to Southern Californians than to New Yorkers. A huge pile of earth had slid down onto a highway, complete with an uprooted tree. David Muhlfelder stood on the corner of Riverside Drive and 181st Street. He had just been evacuated from his apartment ...


It's Back to Class for Safety Agents

Monday, May 09, 2005

School safety agents are going back to class; they're taking a brief course on tolerance and diversity.

The one-day classes will be given by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Its Tolerance program is already training educators and law enforcement officials. Director Mark Weitzman says the course uses role-playing and multi-media programs.



Token Booth Clerks Lose Their Booths

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The first phase of the Transit Authority's plan to move clerks out of their token booths starts in 3 weeks, when agents at seven stations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn will move to other side of their glass dividers.

The TA says its plan isn't about saving money - it's ...


School Safety Agents Cause Tensions

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

It was just over a year ago that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration sent hundreds of extra safety agents and police officers to the city’s most troubled schools, following an outbreak of violence. The effort has reduced crime by 40 percent at those schools. But as WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports, it’s ...

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MTA Puts Off Renovations

Friday, April 29, 2005

MTA board members reluctantly voted to postpone renovating 12 subway stations because Albany's budget fell short of what they requested. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the Second Avenue Subway and a Long Island Rail Road link to Grand Central may also be in jeopardy.

The Authority was hoping to get almost ...