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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

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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Memorials Lack Surviving Pieces of Towers

Monday, December 01, 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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Teachers Air Views on Work Rules

Friday, November 21, 2003

City teachers and school employees got to air their views yesterday, in the last of a series of city council hearings about their work rules. Pamela Price Haynes of PS 161 in Harlem said teachers were being demonized.

HAYNES: I feel that you are helping to ring the death knell ...

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Ballot Question 3 Defeated

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Mayor Bloomberg's attempt to eliminate party primaries went down in defeat. By a margin of more than 2 to 1, city voters rejected his plan for non partisan elections. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

After a flurry of campaign literature, press conferences, and recorded phone calls from elected officials - the ...

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Interview With Joel Klein

Friday, October 31, 2003

Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Bloomberg announced today they're planning to open 50 new charter schools over the next 5 years. Charter schools are public schools that have less bureaucratic regulations and New York City has about 2 dozen of them. The city's effort is unusual because it's being funded ...

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Ballot Question 3: Nonpartisan Elections

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

One week from today, New York City voters will get to decide on a measure that could eliminate the Democratic and Republican primaries. Ballot Question Number 3, offered by Mayor Bloomberg, calls for Non Partisan elections. And as Election Day draws closer, opponents and supporters are struggling to capture the ...

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Reading, Writing and Reform: The Backlash

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

It's a month and a half into the new school year and a backlash is brewing against Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein. Yesterday thousands of teachers rallied outside City Hall to protest the new school reforms and to demand more respect. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more in our ongoing ...

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Reading, Writing and Reform: Part 7

Thursday, October 09, 2003

In public schools throughout the city, there's a new curriculum intended to boost reading scores. Just about 40 percent of elementary and middle school students are meeting state standards. As part of our ongoing series Reading, Writing and Reform, WNYC's Beth Fertig visited a school in the South Bronx.

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Reading, Writing and Reform: Part 6

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Mayor Bloomberg has promised to reform the city school system with the same zeal his predecessor devoted to the war on crime. Bloomberg - and his chancellor, Joel Klein - have tried to streamline the unwieldy system with a new management structure and core curriculum. As part of our ongoing ...

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Reading, Writing and Reform Part 5: The New Math

Monday, September 29, 2003

This year, most New York City students are learning from a new curriculum. In our ongoing series Reading, Writing and Reform, WNYC's Beth Fertig looks at the Math Curriculum by visiting PS 298 in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

TEACHER: OK what did you do? Did you count?

The first graders in Rosalee Bernard's class ...

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Parent Coordinators

Monday, September 22, 2003

This fall, each of the city's 12-hundred schools has a new Parent Coordinator. These coordinators are seen as a potential catalyst in the chancellor's reform of the school system. In our ongoing series, Reading, Writing and Reform, WNYC's Beth Fertig has this profile of one parent coordinator in Bedford Stuyvesant.

The ...

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9/11: Two Year Anniversary

Friday, September 12, 2003

There were memorials and ceremonies throughout the city yesterday marking the second anniversary of the September 11th attacks. WNYC's Beth Fertig has this look at how the city and New Yorkers were mourning the event two years later.

Two years ago, the corner of Bleecker and Laguardia Place in Greenwich Village ...

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Reading, Writing and Reform: Part 3

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

New York City is home to the nation's largest school system. The start of school yesterday was even more of a challenge. Under the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the school system has launched a whole new curriculum. Bloomberg has also overhauled its management structure. Beth Fertig of member station ...

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FDNY Issues Commemorative Medals

Monday, September 08, 2003

If you see any New York City firefighters wearing their navy blue dress uniforms, you may be able to tell where they were on September 11th. This year, the fire department gave out commemorative medals to every firefighter who was working during the attack on the World Trade Center. But ...

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Reading, Writing and Reform: Part 2

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Though classes won't start until next week, New York City's 80-thousand teachers are returning to work today. They're learning the new curriculum for math and literacy - which will be used in all but a couple of hundred exempted schools. Creating a unified curriculum is key to the Bloomberg administration's ...

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Lights Out...Again? A Week After The Blackout

Thursday, August 21, 2003

It's been one week since the blackout. WNYC's Amy Eddings and Beth Fertig have this report on whether we're any farther away from another one, and what some people are doing to prepare. We begin with Amy Eddings.

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Lights Out...Again? A Week After The Blackout

Thursday, August 21, 2003

It's been one week since the blackout. WNYC's Amy Eddings and Beth Fertig have this report on whether we're any farther away from another one, and what some people are doing to prepare. We begin with Amy Eddings.

It's a natural impulse. A massive blackout occurs, and we wonder: will it ...

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Reading, Writing and Reform: Part 1

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

September is still a month away, and with it the start of the new school year. But the biggest changes in 30 years to the city school system are already well underway. The 32 community school districts are now just tiny offices. Instead, the real business of running the school ...

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Non-partisan Elections

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Beth Fertig reports that New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to convince voters to drop partisan primaries. Bloomberg wants municipal officials to be chosen in a single open primary, with the top vote getters going on to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. Opponents say it could ...

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