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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

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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The Demand for Small Schools

Friday, January 16, 2004

The Bloomberg Administration is now in the process of phasing out many of the city's large, failing high schools and replacing them with highly specialized smaller schools. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, in our ongoing series Reading, Writing and Reform, the demand is already far outpacing the limited supply. ...

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Social Promotion

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Starting this fall, city third graders who don't score high enough on their math and reading tests will not be promoted to the next grade. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein announced the details of this plan to end social promotion earlier today. About 15 thousand third graders were promoted last year ...

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WTC Memorial Jury Chair Speaks Out On Final Design

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

The final design for the World Trade Center Memorial is unveiled on January 14. The 13-member jury announced its selection last week - a design called "Reflecting Absence." Its main features are the footprints of the two towers and a garden of trees. But the architect and landscape artist were ...

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NYC To Pay 3 Million to Diallo Family

Wednesday, January 07, 2004



Hear the story on NPR

New York City has agreed to pay 3 million dollars to the family of an African immigrant who was fatally shot by police five years ago. Amadou Diallo was killed when police mistook his wallet for a gun. The incident spurred outrage nationwide over police ...

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High School for Pregnant Teens and Young Mothers

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

The New York City school system has a number of programs for pregnant and parenting teens. There are daycare centers in several high schools. And there are four separate schools just for pregnant teens and young mothers. But these programs have been criticized for doing little to improve attendance or ...

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Coming in 2004: A Showdown over School Aid?

Friday, January 02, 2004

There may be a showdown in Albany in 2004 over School Aid to New York City, thanks to a ruling by the state's highest court. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The order by the Court of Appeals last June directed the state to come up with a new system of ...

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School Safety

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

The city's most disorderly high schools and middle schools will be getting more safety agents and police officers next month. Mayor Bloomberg announced the change yesterday as part of his overall plan to improve school safety. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The announcement followed weeks of tabloid headlines about hallway fights ...

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Ed. Advocates Ask State To Fork Out 2 Billion

Friday, December 19, 2003

Education groups are calling on the state to fork out an extra 2 billion dollars next year on school aid beyond the 14 billion it's currently spending. The proposal was released yesterday by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity - the same coalition which got the state's highest court to rule ...

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No Child Left Behind In New York?

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Eighth graders throughout the city are preparing to take the New York State English exams in January. Testing is a critical piece of the federal No Child Left Behind law, which requires schools to reach yearly performance targets. The city's public schools are under tremendous pressure because they're also dealing ...

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Memorials Lack Surviving Pieces of Towers

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

The eight new designs for the World Trade Center Memorial are coming under growing criticism on various fronts. WNYC's Beth Fertig has this report on what happened to the original conception of saving what was left of the Towers.

In the days after the September 11th attacks, there was one image ...

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