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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

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.

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Bloomberg's Reforms Will Shake Up Classrooms

Thursday, January 30, 2003

In the past 2 weeks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a breathtaking series of education reforms. When these changes go into place this fall, they'll not only shake up school administration. They'll also affect what's being taught in the classrooms. In the first of a 2 part series, WNYC's Beth ...

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Can Albany Help NYC Out of Budget Woes?

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Now that mayor Bloomberg has released his 44 billion dollar budget plan, all eyes are turned to Albany. The mayor is asking the state to help the city close its 3 point 4 billion dollar deficit by enacting a personal income tax on commuters, and other forms of aid. We ...

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Federal Agency Looks Into WTC Collapse

Friday, January 10, 2003

In the next few months, federal investigators will begin sending out hundreds of surveys to survivors and rescue workers who were at the World Trade Center on September 11th. The surveys are part of a larger, 2 year study into precisely how the twin towers collapsed. Researchers are hoping to ...

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Unemployment in New York City

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

On December 28th, unemployment benefits will run out for more than 60 thousand New Yorkers. Congress authorized an extension for job seekers who had exhausted their regular benefits - which are typically 26 weeks. But lawmakers failed to approve another extension before the end of the year. Recently, President Bush ...

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200 New NYC Schools?

Friday, December 13, 2002

Around the city, low-performing high schools are being broken up into smaller schools - with three or four sometimes sharing the same building. Studies show smaller schools are more effective. And Chancellor Joel Klein hopes to create 200 new schools over the next few years. But neighborhood high schools are ...

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200 New NYC Schools?

Friday, December 13, 2002

Around the city, low-performing high schools are being broken up into smaller schools - with three or four sometimes sharing the same building. Studies show smaller schools are more effective. And Chancellor Joel Klein hopes to create 200 new schools over the next few years. But neighborhood high schools are ...

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History of a Budget Gap

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

As Mayor Bloomberg grapples with closing a 7 and a half billion dollar budget deficit over the next 2 years, New Yorkers may be wondering how the city got into this mess. September 11th was obviously a huge factor. Fiscal monitors say the city is also suffering from the slowdown ...

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Mayor Prepares City for Deep Cuts

Friday, November 15, 2002

Mayor Bloomberg says urgent steps are needed, to close the city's growing budget deficit. With a shortfall of one billion dollars this year...and a deficit approaching six and a half billion dollars next year...the mayor prepared the city for deep cuts in spending and new tax hikes. We have three ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Proposes New Commuter Tax

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Mayor Bloomberg is releasing his plan to close a one billion dollar deficit this year. The mayor intends to raise property taxes. But he also proposed a new tax on commuters. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

For months, mayor Bloomberg has been warning New Yorkers that the city's fiscal crisis is ...

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McCall and Pataki Try to Energise Core

Thursday, October 31, 2002

As the clock runs out, Democrat Carl McCall and Republican Governor Pataki are both trying to energize their CORE supporters. This, as a new poll finds Pataki's lead over McCall is widening. We have two reports. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein looks at how Pataki is wooing upstate voters. But first, WNYC's ...

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Pataki and the Upstate Economy

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Polls show New York Voters say the economy is their top concern this election season. Republican governor George Pataki argues he's the best candidate to deal with the current recession because of his success in creating 600 thousand jobs over the past 8 years. But most of those jobs were ...

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