Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Governor Paterson Not Sure How to Measure Effective Teachers

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Last week, New York's teachers and political leaders were praising the stimulus package as manna from heaven. With an expected $4.8 billion for New York State over the next two years, this money would go a long way toward preventing devastating cuts to school districts, including the elimination of up ...

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Assessing New York's Teachers

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Governor Paterson says he isn't sure how New York would comply with the Obama administration's requirement for states to measure teacher performance.

The stimulus package encourages states to distribute the best teachers fairly among low and high income districts, and to figure out a way to ...

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Out Takes: How the stimulus package is pushing technology in education

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A $5 billion grant to states is helping schools develop data networks to monitor students’ progress and keep track of tests mandated under the No Child Left Behind legislation. New Yo...

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U.S. Ed Sec: NYS to Get $4.8B Stimulus

Thursday, February 19, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks with PTA Vice President Sheryl Davis at the Explore charter school in Brooklyn. Duncan announced that New York State should get $4.8B in stimulus funds for education over the next two years. New ...

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MTA's Tunnel Boring Machine

Thursday, February 19, 2009

MTA Chief Executive Elliot Lee Sander and Mayor Bloomberg at the launch of a tunnel boring machine for the 7 train extension, which will open in 2013. The $2.1b project is funded by the city with bonds and is ...

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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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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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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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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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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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