Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Policing the New York City Public Schools

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Whether entering an office building, or going to the airport, a brush with security guards and metal detectors is increasingly becoming inevitable. But heightened security is also a fact of life for New York City public school students. How that security is administered has come ...


Special Ed Test Scores Are Up

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Test scores are up among special education students in New York State, but these students are still performing at the bottom of the class. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Special education students often lag behind their peers because of learning disabilities that aren't swiftly addressed. On ...


Teaching Improv to Teachers

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Improv is usually associated with comedy groups like the Upright Citizens Brigade or Chicago’s Second City. But classroom teachers also use improvisation exercises to help their students work together and become more creative. A new program is training city teachers how to use these improv techniques. But the program is ...


School Confiscation Results

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The city's Education Department says more than 250 weapons and dangerous instruments have been confiscated in the past year through random scanning. WNYC's Beth Fertig has the details.

REPORTER: The items include box cutters, blades and knives, as well as pepper spray, scissors and tools. They ...


Spitzer Backs Congestion Pricing

Friday, June 08, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers who enter Manhattan faces its first big test. A State Assembly committee is meeting in the city. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The hearing on congestion pricing comes just as Bloomberg's proposal is picking up speed. Yesterday, Governor Elliot Spitzer ...


Congestion Pricing Gets Thumbs up From Albany and Washington

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan got a big boost today from both the governor and the federal government. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The US Transportation Department says New York is among nine finalists for grants to reduce congestion. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters called Mayor ...


Small Schools Report Released

Friday, June 01, 2007

A comprehensive new study finds smaller schools often do perform better than large ones, but they also have their own drawbacks. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

Small schools are increasingly seen as the antidote to large, low performing high schools and New York City has opened about ...


Hearings Proposed in Albany for Congestion Pricing

Thursday, May 31, 2007

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he wants to hold public hearings on Mayor Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers who enter Manhattan. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Silver didn't say when he would schedule the hearings, only that he wants to meet with the Assembly's ...


London’s Mayor Shows the way into Congestion Pricing

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Representatives from 40 of the world's largest cities joined international business leaders today in Manhattan for the ongoing summit on climate change. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone told the conference that cities can't afford to wait for their national governments to take ...


International Climate Change Conference Opens in NY

Monday, May 14, 2007

Representatives from 40 cities around the world are in New York this week for an international conference on climate change. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

Organizers say cities can play a major role in reversing climate change because they're responsible for three quarters of the world's energy ...


New York Looks Beyond US Borders for Green Advice

Friday, May 11, 2007

Representative from 40 cities around the world are in New York this week for an international conference on climate change. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

Organizers say cities can play a major role in reversing climate change because they're responsible for three quarters of the world's energy ...


Congestion Pricing: Will a Spoonful of Mass Transit Make the Medicine Go Down?

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to charge drivers who enter Manhattan comes with a carrot as well as a stick. The mayor is pledging to expand bus and ferry options by early 2009, when his congestion pricing plan would take effect - IF it’s approved by the ...


Changes to School Budget Dispensation

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

City schools will see big changes in their budgets this fall, as Chancellor Joel Klein introduces a new formula aimed at leveling the playing field. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Currently, schools with similar populations can wind up with vastly different budgets if they have more ...


A Farm Grows In The Hudson

Friday, May 04, 2007

Recently, we’ve been hearing about a lot of ideas for cutting the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and reducing pollution. But there’s another way of making the city green. In our ongoing series about how New York is preparing for climate change, WNYC’s Beth Fertig looks at an urban farm that’s ...


Track Work Suspended in Wake of Track Worker Death

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Subway track work remains temporarily suspended while New York City Transit investigates the death of one track worker and the injury of another on Sunday, after they were struck by a G train. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The 6,000 track and signal workers are getting ...


City Seeks Federal Money for Congestion Pricing

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg is seeking federal dollars to expand the city's transportation options. WNYC's Beth Fertig says that includes his controversial plan to charge drivers to enter Midtown.

FERTIG: The U.S. Department of Transportation is making $1.2 billion available for cities to reduce congestion. In a letter ...


Room for Green in City’s Surplus

Friday, April 27, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg's revised budget includes $200 million for the long-term environmental initiatives he proposed on Earth Day. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The mayor wants to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions 30% by the year 2030. His controversial plan to charge drivers entering Manhattan requires ...


Bloomberg Goes Green with 127 Ways to Make NYC Sustainable

Monday, April 23, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg marked Earth Day yesterday by outlining more than 100 proposals to make New York cleaner as it grow bigger in the years to come. WNYC's Beth Fertig was at the Mayor's presentation

Part of Feeling the Heat: New York Responds to ...


The OTHER Parts of the Mayor’s Sustainability Plan

Monday, April 23, 2007

There are 126 ideas in Mayor Bloomberg’s 2030 Sustainability Plan….Congestion pricing is just one of them. WNYC’s Beth Fertig tells “All Things Considered” local host Amy Eddings about some of the others.


Mayor's Plan Would Cut Greenhouse Emissions 30 Percent by 2030

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg released his plan to cut back greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by the year 2030. In an Earth Day speech at the Museum of Natural History, the mayor proposed making buildings more energy efficient and investing in cleaner power plants.

As expected, he also ...