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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Out With The DNC, In With The RNC

Friday, July 30, 2004

After a week of Democratic National Convention coverage from Boston, many New Yorkers are wondering how the city will be affected when the Republican convention arrives next month. To answer that question, WNYC's Beth Fertig did a little poking around in Boston while covering the convention.

It's an old reporter's trick. ...

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Al Sharpton to Address the Convention

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The Reverend Al Sharpton will address the Democratic National Convention in Boston tonight. Sharpton won very few delegates in his own presidential campaign, and it's unclear what impact, if any, he will have at the convention. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

Few politicians get invited to appear on the Tonight Show from ...

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Summer School for Third Graders

Monday, July 26, 2004

Roughly 9000 third graders in danger of being held back this fall have a few more weeks to see if they can pass their exams and move on to the fourth grade. Mayor Bloomberg's new policy of ending "social promotion" of third graders includes an intensive focus on summer school. ...

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NYers Get Their Chance to Read 9/11 Report

Friday, July 23, 2004

The 9/11 Commission's final report wasn't just announced in the chambers of Washington yesterday. It also hit the bookstore. WNYC's Beth Fertig has this report on what New Yorkers had to say as they picked up copies near Ground Zero.

Visitors to the Borders Bookstore in Lower Manhattan couldn't miss the ...

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NYC Recruiting Plenty of Volunteers for RNC

Thursday, July 15, 2004

The city's volunteer recruitment campaign for next month's Republican National Convention seems to be paying off. So far, almost 14 thousand people have applied to help out, in and around the convention at Madison Square Garden. WNYC's Beth Fertig went to one orientation session this week for those hoping to ...

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Bloomberg's Education Department Doesn't Always Reward Competition

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Mayor Bloomberg ran for office saying he wanted to make government more efficient. Since taking control over the city schools, the former businessman has tried to streamline the heavily bureaucratic system of awarding contracts for everything from textbooks to tutoring. But he's also made the process less competitive. And he's ...

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African Teens Join African-Americans to Fight Stereotypes

Friday, July 02, 2004

Between 1990 and 2000, the number of immigrants from African countries living in New York City more than doubled. Most of these 92-thousand immigrants came from Western Africa and are now settling in predominately black neighborhoods around the city. But having the same skin color doesn't make the transition any ...

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Fans: Cinton's Book Worth The Wait

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

New Yorkers who spent up to 24 hours standing - and sleeping - in line finally got what they were waiting for today: A signed copy of former President Bill Clinton's autobiography. WNYC's Beth Fertig was at the midtown bookstore earlier where Clinton fans said it was worth the wait.

Let's ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Tries To Change Pro Bono

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

The Latin phrase "pro bono publico" refers to lawyers who work for free for the good of the public. Traditionally, lawyers have been encouraged to work "pro bono" by helping poor people who can't afford legal assistance. Now, the Bloomberg administration is getting private law firms to donate their time ...

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History Comes Alive in Brooklyn

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Most elementary students learn the bulk of their history from textbooks. But New York City is now in the process of training teachers to bring history to life. WNYC's Beth Fertig visited one elementary school in Brooklyn that's already gotten a jump start.

ANNE: Hello everyone, so nice to be ...

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History Comes Alive in Brooklyn

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Most elementary students learn the bulk of their history from textbooks. But New York City is now in the process of training teachers to bring history to life. WNYC's Beth Fertig visited one elementary school in Brooklyn that's already gotten a jump start.

ANNE: Hello everyone, so nice to be ...

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3rd Graders Prepare for High Stakes Testing

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Next week, New York City third graders will take the first of two exams that will determine whether they can move on to fourth grade in September. Previously, teachers were given more leeway in deciding who was promoted. But mayor Bloomberg's policy of ending so-called social promotion puts more emphasis ...

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State Panel Says Education Could Cost Billions More

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

A commission appointed by governor Pataki released its report on one of the most vexing matters facing the state: how much money will it take to educate all students? But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, there were no easy answers.

A commission appointed by governor Pataki released its report on ...

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Reforming Middle Schools

Thursday, March 25, 2004

The controversy surrounding third grade social promotion has gotten a lot of attention lately. But last year about 37 percent of ninth graders weren't promoted to the next grade, largely because they weren't prepared for high school. With that in mind, the city is now looking at ways to restructure ...

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Snapple School Deal Rejected by Controller

Friday, March 19, 2004

A deal giving Snapple the exclusive vending rights for beverages in all city parks and public buildings was rejected by the City Controller. Bill Thompson's decision has no bearing on Snapple's contract with the city schools. But the controller, who's considering a bid for mayor, did accuse the Bloomberg administration ...

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Sharpton Campaign: No Decisions Have Been Made

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Reverend Al Sharpton has said he expects to take his message to the Democratic National Convention regardless of whether he stays in the race. His campaign manager says no decisions have yet been made. But after getting just 8 percent of the vote in his home state, Sharpton's political future ...

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Bishops Release

Friday, February 27, 2004

American bishops released the so-called "John Jay" report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. It found about four percent of priests over the course of a 52 year period molested children. That's a far larger number than church officials had stated previously. The John Jay College of ...

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Harlem Voters

Friday, February 20, 2004

The Reverend Al Sharpton may be the only New Yorker in the race for President but that doesn't mean he's getting much hometown support. A recent poll found Sharpton with only 4 percent of the New York vote. The Quinnipiac University poll was taken right before Wesley Clark and Howard ...

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Cost of Educating City's Kids? State to Decide

Friday, February 13, 2004

How much money does it take to provide an adequate education for New York City students? Answering that question is up to state lawmakers and the governor. Last year, the state's highest court ordered them to find a new solution and they only have until the end of July. Governor ...

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Bush Budget A Mixed Bag

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

President Bush released an election year budget this week that preserves his tax cuts, while holding down government spending. To get a handle on what Mr. Bush's proposal would mean for New York, WNYC's Beth Fertig spoke with Ronnie Lowenstein -director of the City's Independent Budget office. Lowenstein called the ...

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