Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

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 ...


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 ...


Voices Remembering Councilman Davis

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

City councilman James Davis's burial takes place Tuesday afternoon, following a funeral service and a symbolic march in Brooklyn. Davis's murder captured headlines because of the violent way he was gunned down in City Hall last week by political rival Othniel Askew. But those who knew Davis say the 41 ...


Belts Worn Tighter in Staten Island

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

The Cost of Living: Stories from the Front Lines in the Five Boroughs
The Bronx
Staten Island

Staten Island is considered the city's most middle class borough. It's got the highest median income in the city: 60 ...


Disabled Pre-schoolers File Lawsuit

Monday, June 16, 2003

On June 16, a class action lawsuit will be filed against the city on behalf of more than 500 disabled pre-school children. Their attorneys claim the children aren't receiving special education services required by federal law. And in many cases, they aren't even going to school. WNYC's Beth Fertig has ...


Unmanned Sub Seeks Leaks from Catskills to the Bronx

Saturday, June 07, 2003

Click here for a slide showNew York's city water system is losing between 15 and 36 million gallons each day because of leaks in a huge water tunnel that runs from the Catskills to the Bronx. Engineers have known about these leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct for ...


Public School Philanthropy

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

It's estimated that the public schools of New York City receive more than 100 million dollars worth of gifts and contributions each year. These include everything from mentoring programs to grants to start new schools. Mayor Bloomberg has pledged to raise more private money for education. And he's hired Caroline ...


Parents Having Trouble Making Choices

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Today is the deadline for parents with children in the city's most troubled schools to choose where they'd like to transfer their children next fall. The Department of Education sent every household that applied for the transfers a list of options. But as of last week, less than half of ...


Bloomberg Struggles With Education Policy

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

It was just four short months ago that Mayor Bloomberg was greeted with cheers, when he announced his plan to re-organize the city school system. Since then, however, the mayor and his chancellor have come under fire from some of the same players who originally supported them. WNYC's Beth Fertig ...


State And City Spar on Education Funding

Friday, May 09, 2003

A lawsuit challenging funding for public schools is now in the hands of the state's highest court. Yesterday, the Court of Appeals in Albany heard oral arguments in a 10 year old case. The plaintiffs accuse the state of failing to provide enough resources for the New York City schools. ...


Unions Accuse City of Wasting Cash on Temps

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Despite new tax increases, and additional aid from Albany, Mayor Bloomberg says he'll still have to lay off 4500 city workers by the end of June. Their unions haven't given up the fight. They accuse the city of wasting cash on temporary workers and consultants - who are also feeling ...


Bloomberg's Education Reforms Hitting Trouble in Albany

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Mayor Bloomberg's education reforms are running into trouble in Albany. Less than a year after giving Bloomberg control over the city schools, some state lawmakers believe the mayor and his chancellor have gone too far in their reorganization plans - and they're already threatening action. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The ...


Smoking Ban In NY Bars, Clubs

Monday, March 31, 2003

Bars and clubs have until May first to get used to telling their patrons to put out their cigarettes. The city's new smoking ban went into effect yesterday. The Health Department says it will only issue warnings for the first month - not fines. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, ...


More City Schools To Get An Exemption?

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Chancellor Joel Klein is expected to announce next week whether he'll allow any more city schools to get an exemption from the new curriculum, which goes into effect this fall. The Chancellor initially exempted roughly 200 successful schools from the new math and literacy requirements. But he's now considering others ...


School Safety Plans...Are We Ready?

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

With New Yorkers growing more concerned about terrorism, parents may be wondering what their schools will do in the event of any emergency. Every public school is required to have a safety plan. But, as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, not all schools have mastered the drill.


NYPD and FDNY Talk About A War With Iraq

Friday, March 14, 2003

As the debate over whether to go war with Iraq drags on, New Yorkers are expressing themselves in the streets and in the corridors of City Hall. But the people who were on the front line on September 11th have NOT been heard from. WNYC's Beth Fertig went to listen ...


War In The Classroom

Monday, March 10, 2003

It's impossible to avoid the topic of war lately. WNYC's Beth Fertig visited two Brooklyn high schools to hear how war is being discussed in the classroom.


Is FDNY HazMat Ready?

Thursday, February 27, 2003

The fire department's Hazardous Materials unit was created over 20 years ago to handle industrial accidents with toxic chemicals. But ever since the first World Trade Center attack ten years ago, the department has also had to focus on terrorism. Today's potential threats include a chemical, biological or radiological attack. ...


Elimination of Community School Districts Causes Uproar

Friday, February 07, 2003

When Mayor Bloomberg announced his plan to eliminate community school districts, last month, he said the change was all about improving education.

BLOOMBERG: Children and parents are not concerned about protecting bureaucrats. They want quality schools and that's what we're going to deliver.

But while Bloomberg won applause at that speech ...


Parents Have Questions in Wake of Bloomberg Reforms

Friday, January 31, 2003

As Mayor Bloomberg continues to shake up the school system, with his recent reforms, teachers and principals aren't the only ones struggling to keep up. Parents also have lots of questions about what these changes will mean in the classroom, and what role they will play in the process. WNYC's ...