Beth Fertig

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Cost of Educating City's Kids? State to Decide

Friday, February 13, 2004

How much money does it take to provide an adequate education for New York City students? Answering that question is up to state lawmakers and the governor. Last year, the state's highest court ordered them to find a new solution and they only have until ...


Bush Budget A Mixed Bag

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

President Bush released an election year budget this week that preserves his tax cuts, while holding down government spending. To get a handle on what Mr. Bush's proposal would mean for New York, WNYC's Beth Fertig spoke with Ronnie Lowenstein -director of the City's Independent ...


The Demand for Small Schools

Friday, January 16, 2004

The Bloomberg Administration is now in the process of phasing out many of the city's large, failing high schools and replacing them with highly specialized smaller schools. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, in our ongoing series Reading, Writing and Reform, the demand is already ...


Social Promotion

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Starting this fall, city third graders who don't score high enough on their math and reading tests will not be promoted to the next grade. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein announced the details of this plan to end social promotion earlier today. About 15 thousand third ...


WTC Memorial Jury Chair Speaks Out On Final Design

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

The final design for the World Trade Center Memorial is unveiled on January 14. The 13-member jury announced its selection last week - a design called "Reflecting Absence." Its main features are the footprints of the two towers and a garden of trees. But the ...


NYC To Pay 3 Million to Diallo Family

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Hear the story on NPR

New York City has agreed to pay 3 million dollars to the family of an African immigrant who was fatally shot by police five years ago. Amadou Diallo was killed when police mistook his wallet for a gun. The incident ...


High School for Pregnant Teens and Young Mothers

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

The New York City school system has a number of programs for pregnant and parenting teens. There are daycare centers in several high schools. And there are four separate schools just for pregnant teens and young mothers. But these programs have been criticized for doing ...

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Coming in 2004: A Showdown over School Aid?

Friday, January 02, 2004

There may be a showdown in Albany in 2004 over School Aid to New York City, thanks to a ruling by the state's highest court. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The order by the Court of Appeals last June directed the state to come up ...


School Safety

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

The city's most disorderly high schools and middle schools will be getting more safety agents and police officers next month. Mayor Bloomberg announced the change yesterday as part of his overall plan to improve school safety. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The announcement followed weeks of ...


Ed. Advocates Ask State To Fork Out 2 Billion

Friday, December 19, 2003

Education groups are calling on the state to fork out an extra 2 billion dollars next year on school aid beyond the 14 billion it's currently spending. The proposal was released yesterday by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity - the same coalition which got the ...


No Child Left Behind In New York?

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Eighth graders throughout the city are preparing to take the New York State English exams in January. Testing is a critical piece of the federal No Child Left Behind law, which requires schools to reach yearly performance targets. The city's public schools are under tremendous ...


Memorials Lack Surviving Pieces of Towers

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

The eight new designs for the World Trade Center Memorial are coming under growing criticism on various fronts. WNYC's Beth Fertig has this report on what happened to the original conception of saving what was left of the Towers.

In the days after the September 11th ...


Memorials Lack Surviving Pieces of Towers

Monday, December 01, 2003

The eight new designs for the World Trade Center Memorial are coming under growing criticism on various fronts. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has this report on what happened to the original conception of saving what was left of the Towers.

In the days after the September 11th attacks, there was one image ...


Teachers Air Views on Work Rules

Friday, November 21, 2003

City teachers and school employees got to air their views yesterday, in the last of a series of city council hearings about their work rules. Pamela Price Haynes of PS 161 in Harlem said teachers were being demonized.

HAYNES: I feel that you are helping ...


Ballot Question 3 Defeated

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Mayor Bloomberg's attempt to eliminate party primaries went down in defeat. By a margin of more than 2 to 1, city voters rejected his plan for non partisan elections. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

After a flurry of campaign literature, press conferences, and recorded phone calls ...


Interview With Joel Klein

Friday, October 31, 2003

Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Bloomberg announced today they're planning to open 50 new charter schools over the next 5 years. Charter schools are public schools that have less bureaucratic regulations and New York City has about 2 dozen of them. The city's effort is ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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. ...