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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

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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Family of Missing Boy Claims School Was Negligent

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A lawyer for the family of the mute, 14-year-old boy with autism who has been missing since Friday, said a security guard may have allowed him to leave his school, and that the school didn't act quickly enough to find him.

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Search Continues for Missing Boy with Autism

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City public schools has opened an investigation into how a 14-year-old boy with autism managed to leave his school last Friday.

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Parents of Special Needs Kids Concerned About Missing Boy

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

As police continue to search for a 14-year-old boy with autism who has been missing since Friday, some parents of children with special needs question how the vulnerable student could have left his school unattended.

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Top Education Official Supports More Teacher Professional Development

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky criticized his former boss at the Department of Education, saying former Chancellor Joel Klein and the previous head of the teachers union made a mistake by removing professional development time from the teachers contract.

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Report: What Works - and Doesn't - in NYC Schools

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Despite "tremendous strides" in raising high school graduation rates, two new reports published today find the New York City public schools still face huge challenges in getting all students ready for college.

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One Last Tango for City Council and Outgoing Chancellor

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

With the Bloomberg administration moving full steam ahead in its last few months to place 43 more schools inside existing public school buildings, City Council members took one last opportunity to press Chancellor Dennis Walcott on this controversial practice of co-locating schools.

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Penny Harvest Group Facing Closure

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A popular children's program on the verge of closing said the city's Department of Education is to blame for its financial straits.

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Report: Why Charters Have Fewer Special Ed Students

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A new report by the Manhattan Institute and the Center on Reinventing Public Education finds city charter schools may have a smaller percentage of special education students than district schools because the students are less likely to apply, and more likely to be declassified once they enroll in charters.

 

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De Blasio's Rent Plan Makes Charters Anxious

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been one of the nation’s foremost promoters of charter schools. The leading contender to replace him in City Hall has a very different view. Chief among the differences: Bill de Blasio wants many charter schools to pay rent for space in school buildings, albeit on a sliding scale.

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School Lunch Prices Rise

Monday, September 30, 2013

For the first time in a decade, New York City is raising the price of its school lunches. Starting Monday, students will pay $1.75 instead of a $1.50. But, to offset the hike for some, the city will allow students who previously qualified for a reduced price meals to eat for free.

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City Sues Union Over 'Rubber Room' Agreement

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Bloomberg administration is suing the teachers union for failing to comply with an agreement intended to expedite cases involving teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence. The city claims the union has failed to uphold its end of the deal to expand the number of hearing officers from 20 to 39, thwarting the goal of the 2010 agreement.

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Parent Input and Schools: Where the Candidates Stand

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Parent empowerment has become a hot topic in this year's mayoral campaign, with both Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota promising parents they would have a bigger say in decisions surrounding the public schools. Specific plans? Not so much.

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