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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Funding School Alternatives

Thursday, February 19, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan paid his first official visit to New York City today, with a stop at the Explore charter school in Brooklyn.

Duncan announced that New York State should receive $4.8 billion in education aid from the federal stimulus package, 40% of which ...

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Controlling New York City Schools

Thursday, February 19, 2009

US Education Secretary Arne Duncan says New York state schools stand to get $4.8 billion from the federal stimulus package. Duncan is also encouraging Mayor Bloomberg's school reforms.

The mayor has yet to convince Albany that he should keep full control over the school system, when ...

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New York's Crowded Classrooms

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Average class sizes have gone up slightly in the city's public schools. Third grade had the biggest gain with almost 22 students on average now, up from 21 per class last year.

The city's Department of Education called the increase unfortunate but understandable. It said principals ...

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Stimulating City Schools

Friday, February 13, 2009

When President Obama signs the stimulus bill next week, Mayor Bloomberg predicts New York will get enough education funding to prevent the city from laying off any teachers.

The stimulus is expected to cover a $770 million cut in state aid to New York City.

But the ...

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"Substantial" Change Needed to Convert Schools

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg has offered to help the Diocese of Brooklyn convert four Catholic schools into charter schools. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the church and the city are wading into unchartered waters.

REPORTER: State law prohibits a private school from being converted into a charter ...

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From Catholic to Charter in Brooklyn

Monday, February 09, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg's plan to help the Brooklyn Diocese convert four Catholic schools into publicly financed charter schools will require a delicate balancing act. State law technically prohibits the practice.

But the private schools could shut down and reopen as charters, so long as they do it ...

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200 Pack Hearing on Mayoral Control of Schools

Saturday, February 07, 2009

The question of whether to renew the law granting Mayor Bloomberg control over city schools brought 200 people to a state assembly committee hearing Friday. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports:

REPORTER: Schools Chancellor Joel Klein told Assembly members that the current system led to a rise in ...

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Second Hearing on Mayoral Control of Schools

Friday, February 06, 2009

The second of five hearings on mayoral control is being heard by the State Assembly's Education Committee this morning at the State Office Building in Lower Manhattan. The state law putting the mayor in charge of schools expires in June.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, sitting in the ...
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Hearing on Renewing Mayoral Control Packed; Bloomberg Optimistic

Friday, February 06, 2009

A hearing on mayoral control of the public schools continues in lower Manhattan. This is the state assembly education committee's second in a series of hearings about the 2002 law that put Mayor Michael Bloomberg in charge of the public school system, and well over ...

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Lawmakers Decide Who Controls City Schools

Friday, February 06, 2009

A second hearing on whether to renew a state law giving the mayor control of the city's schools drew another huge crowd.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein told assembly members that the current system led to a rise in test scores and more equity throughout the system. ...

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Choosing the Direction of New York City Schools

Friday, February 06, 2009

Once again, parents packed a state assembly hearing on whether the mayor should retain control of the city's schools.

About 200 people crowded into a hearing room in Lower Manhattan. Some critics want to reduce the number of mayoral appointees to an educational policy panel, reducing ...

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Joel Klein on Schools and Stimulus

Friday, February 06, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg and schools chancellor Joel Klein have threatened to cut up to 15,000 teaching positions unless Albany restores $770 million in proposed cuts with federal stimulus aid. WNYC’s Beth Fertig sat down with Chancellor Klein this week. She asked him if the prospect of ...

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Control of the Schools

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The law giving the mayor control of the New York City public schools expires in June. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports on the likelihood that it will be extended.

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NYC Teachers Want Less Mayoral Control

Thursday, February 05, 2009

City teachers are sending a strong message to Albany: They want the law granting Mayor Bloomberg control over city schools to be weakened when it comes up for renewal this June. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Delegates to the United Federation of Teachers voted overwhelmingly ...

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Feds Can Help Save NYC Teachers

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says there's no need for Mayor Bloomberg to eliminate up to 15 thousand teaching positions in his new budget plan.

Silver says he believes federal aid from the stimulus package will make up for state education cuts to the city.

SILVER: It ...

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City Could Cut Thousands of Classroom Jobs in Spite of Stimulus

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he's optimistic about the federal stimulus package, but he still may need to cut up to 15,000 classroom positions. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: The mayor repeatedly said it's too early to know what will happen. But he said layoffs might be necessary ...

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Politics or Theater?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Budget season is always a drama. Every January the mayor proposes cuts that are staunchly opposed by various constituent groups. Public hearings are held in the City Council. Then, by the spring, the mayor issues a revised budget restoring some of the cuts and the Council votes. Some call it the annual "budget dance."

But this year's dance is more like a high-stakes version of "Dancing with the Stars." On one side, there's Mayor Bloomberg saying the city's perilous economy could force him to cut  23,000 jobs from city agencies - 15,000 of which would come from the Department of Education.

On the other side, there's the powerful United Federation of Teachers. Union President Randi Weingarten declared that by proposing so many layoffs in education, the mayor was using her members as "pawns" in a political feud with Albany. She said she hadn't seen such a drastic proposal since the layoffs of the 1970s, and she described the chaos the city went through then as a warning.

So what's going on? If there's new federal money on the way, why is Bloomberg proposing layoffs?

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Bloomberg on Wall Street's Bonuses

Friday, January 30, 2009

President Obama may be swift to condemn excessive greed on Wall Street, but don't expect a similar tone from Mayor Bloomberg. The mayor who made his fortune on Wall Street was asked after his austere budget briefing by a reporter about the issue of excessive bonuses and compensation. "You have ...

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Hearing on Mayoral Control Spans 7 Hours

Friday, January 30, 2009

A public hearing on whether city schools should continue to be run by the mayor lasted almost eight hours in Queens yesterday. It was the first of five being held by the state assembly's Education Committee.

REPORTER: Queens Democrat Catherine Nolan, who chairs the committee says ...

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Chancellor Hopes Feds Can Save NYC Schools

Friday, January 30, 2009

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he's optimistic the federal stimulus will be able to avert any layoffs in the public schools.

But he says it'll only be possible if Albany helps out as well, by giving the city more flexibility over how it spends state school ...

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