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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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
Brooklyn
Manhattan
Queens

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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