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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Six Things the New Mayor Should Do for NYC's Schools

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Education leaders and funders outlined what they see as the top priorities facing the next mayor and schools chancellor, including literacy help, more support with college planning and using a wider range of performance measures than test scores. 

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De Blasio Transition Team Includes Many Names in Education, Child Advocacy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of his 60-member transition committee, and it includes 10 individuals with experience in education and children's issues.

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In Era of High School Choice, One District Retains Elite Status

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a champion of school choice, opening hundreds of new schools throughout the city. But some of the most desirable high schools remain reserved for students in just one school district: District Two which includes the Upper East Side and lower Manhattan.

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Walcott Refines Safety Procedures After Child's Disappearance

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced several changes to safety protocols, in the Department of Education's most explicit acknowledgment that changes are needed following the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo last month from his Long Island City school.

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Only in NYC: High School Selection Scramble

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org discusses the school evaluation reports released yesterday.

Then, Clara Hemphill, senior editor at Insideschools.org at The New School, offers guidance for students and parents deep in the public high school admissions process, with the deadline just after the holiday.

 

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How Did the City Grade Your School?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Make sure to check out our map to find whether your school's grade went up, down or remained flat. Dive in. And let us know what you're finding.

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Principals Debate Utility of School Grades

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Principals across the city said they were eager to see how a new mayor would approach grading schools and supporting those that are struggling.

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City Defends School Measures, With or Without Letter Grades

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

More than 60 percent of the city's public schools received A's or B's on their annual progress reports, the last batch to be released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. City officials defended the annual data as the incoming mayor said he would scrap at least the letter grade portion of the progress reports. 

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For Missing Boy's Family, a Sad but Familiar Cycle

Thursday, November 07, 2013

There are fewer volunteers showing up at the family's command center, and the announcements made by the MTA about Avonte Oquendo are fewer and farther between. More than a month after the autistic boy disappeared from Riverview School in Long Island City, his family has entered a new phase in their anguishing search.

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Officials Insist New Teacher Rating System Does Not Mean More Testing

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two top state education officials talk to SchoolBook about the misunderstandings around testing and whether the new teacher evaluation system will add to what already feels like a testing overload to many educators. Listen to the Q&A for some clarity.

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At Hearing, Regents Chancellor Defends Pace of Ed Reforms

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defended the state's commitment to raising standards, despite what she called "a lot of upheaval" as parents and teachers get used to tougher exams and a new curriculum. But in a rare show of unity, the city's Chief Academic Officer and the president of the teachers union took issue with giving "bubble tests" to children as young as kindergarten in order to evaluate teachers.

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Sandy Minute-by-Minute: At 3 PM, Social Life Gets More Complicated

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Francesca Berisa and Ashley McCarthy are both 13-year-old eighth graders at I.S. 2 in the New Dorp section of Staten Island. After Sandy, Francesca and her family moved to the southern tip of the island because they lost their house.

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Mother of Missing Child Calls Kelly's Remarks 'Heartless'

Friday, October 25, 2013

Three weeks after he disappeared, the family of Avonte Oquendo lashed out at the city's police commissioner for suggesting the boy could be dead.

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Claims of Security Problems at Missing Child's School

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Details are starting to come out about possible security lapses at Avonte Oquendo's school, as the third week since he disappeared closes without any signs of him. The autistic teenager ran from his school in broad daylight; hours passed before a full-scale search was launched.

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One Year Later, a Middle School Revisits Sandy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sandy took a heavy toll on certain schools in New York City, including one on Staten Island school that saw many of its students displaced. The kids are back now, and they've been learning techniques to cope with the memories, one year later. 

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Chancellor Fields Questions from Teachers on New Evaluations

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Schools Chancellor stopped by the WNYC studios to talk about the double whammy educators are facing this year, with a new teacher evaluation system and brand new curricula tied to the Common Core standards. Teachers had lots of questions for him. Take a listen.

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Education Department Knew Missing Boy Might Run

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

UPDATE: The lawyer for the family of Avonte Oquendo, the boy missing since he ran from his school on Oct. 4, said his special education learning plans from 2011 and 2012 warned educators that he could run away. 

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Missing Teen's Family at the Heart of Ongoing Search

Friday, October 11, 2013

Exactly one week after Avonte Oquendo ran out of school unsupervised, his family gathered to pray for his return. Meanwhile, the city broadened its alerts to include public transit. Hear the latest, and get an insider's view on what it means to care for a mute autistic teenager. 

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In Case of Missing Boy, Concerns that Shared School Space Was a Factor

Friday, October 11, 2013

How could a school created for special education students lose one of its own? Some special ed experts say the fact that most programs for special needs kids share space with other schools makes security a real challenge.

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The Search for Avonte Oquendo

Friday, October 11, 2013

Today marks one week since Avonte Oquendo ran away from his special education school. Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org,  talks about the search and the claim his family filed against the city, citing negligence.

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