Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Trae in School : Making Special Education Work

Monday, December 11, 2006

Children in special education classes are often thought of in terms of labels. They're "mentally retarded," "autistic," "emotionally disturbed" or - more likely, "learning disabled." But these labels say little about the daily struggle to meet their often extraordinary needs. And educators believe too many ...


High School Reacts to Union Square Fight

Friday, December 08, 2006

Extra security was sent to Washington Irving High School yesterday after the fatal stabbing of a Brooklyn high school student at nearby Union Square. Two other teens were injured in the fight, one of whom goes to Washington Irving. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the ...


TWU Elections This December

Monday, December 04, 2006

It was almost a year ago that Roger Toussaint led the city’s 34,000 transit workers in a 3-day bus and subway strike. Today, members of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 are still without a contract. And Toussaint is in a fiercely-contested and often nasty ...


Toussaint Fights to Keep His Job as Union President

Monday, December 04, 2006

It was almost a year ago that Roger Toussaint led the city’s 34,000 transit workers in a 3-day bus and subway strike. Today, members of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 are still without a contract. And Toussaint is in a fiercely-contested and often nasty ...


MTA Has Bigger Surplus But Enormous Deficit

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The MTA says fare and toll hikes can be avoided for next year and 2009 thanks to a bigger surplus. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Executive Director Katherine Lapp briefed MTA board members on the financial outlook. She said the authority expects to end 2006 and ...


ESL Students Shut Out of New Schools

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Students who are still learning English are being shut out of many of New York City's small, new high schools, according to a new report. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The Bloomberg administration has created almost 200 small schools with the goal of raising graduation rates ...


State To Pay City Schools $1.9 Billion

Monday, November 20, 2006

New York's highest court has found that the state owes New York City 1 point 9 billion dollars in additional school aid, annually.

The Court of Appeals sided with Governor Pataki, whose administration had argued that an extra 1 point 9 billion dollars annually was sufficient ...


Reaching Out of Poverty: The Impact on Schools

Friday, November 17, 2006

Officially there are 1.5 million poor New Yorkers. Thousands of them are children. Improving their attendance at school so they can read and write at grade level is one way the city thinks it may eventually be able to lift these kids out of poverty. ...


Transit Union Presidential Candidates Debate

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Almost a year after leading his members in a 3-day strike, the head of the city's transit union is in a tough race for re-election and he appeared in a debate last night with his opponents. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: Roger Toussaint said he had ...


States Not Meeting National Math Standards

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Getting all elementary and high school students proficient in math and reading simply isn't possible yet. That's the conclusion of a series of reports being presented this week at Columbia University's Teachers College. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The federal No Child Left Behind Law requires ...


Underwater Windmills in East River Will Generate Electricity

Monday, November 13, 2006

If you see a barge floating near Roosevelt Island this month, you might be seeing the future of renewable energy. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Workers are installing two underwater turbines in the East River near Roosevelt Island to generate electricity. Peter Smith, President of the ...


NY Democrats Control All Statewide Offices

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

For the first time in more than 60 years, Democrats hold all of the statewide offices in New York. Last night they won not only the governorship but also Attorney General and Comptroller. And voters re-elected Senator Hillary Clinton, who joins her fellow New York ...


Spitzer Stumps for Working Families Party Line

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

New York Gubernatorial hopeful Elliot Spitzer isn't just running as a Democrat. He's also recorded messages to voters asking them to support him on the Working Families Party ballot line. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The recorded messages follow a blitz of email messages from ...


Senate Candidate John Spencer: the Good the Bad and the Ugly

Friday, October 27, 2006

This week, Hillary Clinton's Republican opponent for U.S. Senate got a little more name recognition. John Spencer faced Clinton at two debates. And, after a newspaper report, he also became known as the man who denies calling Clinton "ugly." WNYC's Beth Fertig caught up with ...


Senate Race Gets "Ugly"

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The race for Senate is getting ugly. Republican John Spencer denies making disparaging comments to a Daily News columnist about Democrat Hillary Clinton's appearance.

REPORTER: Spencer insists he never said Clinton used to be ugly, or speculated that she got millions of dollars in plastic surgery. ...


Hillary Clinton's Potential Presidential Campaign Dominates Debates

Monday, October 23, 2006

Questions about whether Hillary Clinton will run for President continued to dominate two debates this weekend between Clinton and her Republican challenger John Spencer. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: In both debates, Hillary Clinton continued to say that for now at least, she's running only ...


Intensive Reading Program Aims to Help Older Students

Friday, October 20, 2006

Elementary reading scores are going up in New York City. Six out of ten third graders are reading at or above grade level. But those gains don’t continue as kids get older. By eighth grade, fewer than 4 out of 10 kids are reading at ...

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Lawyers Face Off in Education Funding Suit

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Lawyers for the state faced off with lawyers representing education advocates to argue one more time yesterday before the state's highest court, in the hopes of ending a 13-year-old suit over school aid for New York City.

An attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity told ...


State's Highest Court to Hear Final Arguments in School Funding Case

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

New York State's highest court today will hear what are likely to be the final arguments in a 13-year-old case over education funding for New York City. Three years ago, a group of parents and education advocates won a landmark ruling finding the state had ...


NYC Special Ed Students Need State Intervention

Friday, October 06, 2006

Seventy five school districts across the state serving almost a quarter of a million students have been put on a watch-list because of the low performance of their special education students. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, New York City is among those now requiring more ...