Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Judge Rules Against City in Education Case

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A federal judge has ruled that a 23 year old woman with cerebral palsy can continue her costly education program at the city's expense. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Alba Somoza graduated from a city high school in 2002 with a Regents diploma. But she was ...


Cancellor Appoints Head of "Parent Engagement"

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein have appointed a new head of Parent Engagement. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Brooklyn parent Martine Guerrier will assume the title of Chief Family Engagement Officer. The longtime parent organizer will be responsible for strengthening contact between schools and parents, ...


Remake, Remodel: City Schools Get Another Overhaul

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Get ready for ANOTHER round of school reforms. This fall, City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein will be revamping the system for the third time since 2002. This shakeup involves putting more control in the hands of principals. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more on what it ...


Council Holds Hearing on School Bus Changes

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

City education officials will have a lot to answer for today at a council hearing on the recent school bus changes.

Elected officials have been getting an earful, ever since the city consolidated more than a hundred bus routes a couple of weeks ago. Parents complained ...


City Council Holds School Bus Hearing

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

After weeks of phone calls from frustrated parents, the city council held a hearing today on the recent change in school bus routes. The hearing started at 1 p.m. as council members put school officials on the hot seat and as of late Tuesday afternoon, it was still taking place.

WNYC's ...


Exhibit Gives Human Evolution a Modern Look

Friday, February 09, 2007

Human evolution is often portrayed as a step-by-step progression from ape to man. But the newly renovated Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History doesn’t look anything like that. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: You probably remember them from the museum’s ...


Comptroller Speaks Up About MTA Construction Delays

Friday, February 02, 2007

The city's fiscal watchdog says subway riders will have to wait 20 more years before the system's aging signals and tunnel lights are completely overhauled. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The MTA's top priority is to keep its trains and buses in what it calls a ...


Spitzer's Budget Includes $7 Billion for Schools

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The governor's budget includes $7 billion in additional school aid over the next four years, with half of that money going to New York City. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, education groups say that could finally give the city schools what they need.

Spitzer is proposing ...


Spitzer Lays Out Plan for Schools

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is expected to propose more money for education when he outlines his budget tomorrow. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, by not mentioning a dollar figure, the new governor is already making his priorities clear.

In a speech in Albany yesterday, Spitzer ...


Spitzer Proposes Education Funding Overhaul

Monday, January 29, 2007

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is proposing a drastic overhaul of state education funding. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Spitzer won't say how much money schools can expect until he gives his budget address on Wednesday. But in an Albany speech outlining his education plan, Spitzer ...


Majority of Confiscations in Schools Aren’t Weapons

Friday, January 12, 2007

WNYC has learned that school security agents confiscated more than 17,000 items last year with roving metal detectors, but less than 1% of these were weapons. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Roving teams of safety agents with metal detectors began showing up at high schools and middle ...


City Cracks Down on Dangerous Scaffolding

Thursday, January 11, 2007

It's hard to walk though New York City lately and not pass under a construction site. The building boom has been good for the economy. But it’s also led to more hazardous construction sties. The number of construction related deaths increased by 61 percent over ...


NYC Schools Get Low Grades

Thursday, January 11, 2007

According to state and federal standards, almost one in six New York schools needs improvement. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Schools are identified as "In Need of Improvement" if they don't make adequate progress two years in a row. Based on last year's exams, 52 schools ...


Tidal Energy Used for Electric Power

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Tidal energy from the East River is being used for electric power for the first time. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The energy is being generated by a turbine anchored to the bottom of the river on the eastern side of Roosevelt Island. It's got ...


Pataki Leaves Behind Green Legacy

Saturday, December 30, 2006

As New York governor George Pataki gets ready to hand over the reins of power to Eliot Spitzer on Monday, environmental leaders say the Republican governor is leaving behind a very green legacy. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: During his twelve years in office, Pataki ...


Highlights of Pataki's 12 Years in Albany

Friday, December 29, 2006

Three-term New York governor George Pataki will be stepping out of the Empire State arena on Monday, after 12 years in Albany. As we take a look at the New York State Pataki leaves behind, here’s a quick review of some of the highlights of ...


City Bids on GPS to Track School Buses

Friday, December 22, 2006

Today is the deadline for New York City parents to register their kids for yellow bus service. The routes change in January. Meanwhile, the city is planning to solicit bids this coming year for a new Global Positioning System to track its buses. WNYC's Beth ...


Former Congressman Says Hispanics Don't Put Priority on Education

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

An Hispanic former New York Congressman is setting off a firestorm for saying Latino parents don't place enough priority on their children's education. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Herman Badillo was the first Puerto Rican elected to Congress, a mayoral candidate and a chancellor of ...


TWU President Roger Toussaint Re-elected

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Transport Workers Union President Roger Toussaint has been re-elected. Ballots are still being counted, but with fewer than one thousand votes left to be tallied, Toussaint has a lead of around 2-thousand votes, according to the union's secretary-treasurer, who says the TWU head is likely ...


Votes Are Being Counted for TWU Top Post

Friday, December 15, 2006

The President of the Transport Workers Union is still waiting to find out if he'll keep his job. Roger Toussaint was challenged by 4 opponents in his race for re-election and the votes are being counted today.

But a year after leading his 34,000 members in ...