Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

How One School Under Pressure Resists 'Test Prep'

Monday, April 11, 2016

WNYC
With New York State tests underway, few schools are under as much pressure to show results as M.S. 22. Even so, the principal is not a fan of teaching to the test.
Read More

Comments [1]

Pro-Charter Group Sues City Over School Safety

Thursday, April 07, 2016

WNYC
A group of New York City parents claims the city's public schools don't do enough to protect their children from violence and bullying.
Read More

Comments [1]

Chancellor on State Tests: 'I Don't Believe in Opting Out'

Monday, April 04, 2016

WNYC
In an appeal to New York City parents, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said state tests have improved and she hopes they will allow their kids to take the exams.
Read More

Comments [2]

Fewer Suspensions in City Schools After Discipline Changes

Thursday, March 31, 2016

WNYC
New York City's effort to find punishment alternatives has resulted in a big drop in suspensions for less serious offenses, including insubordination.
Read More

Comment

To Opt Out or Not? Dueling Messages Before Next Week's Tests

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WNYC
A week before elementary and middle school students take their state math and reading tests, there's a debate about whether parents are getting enough information.
Read More

Comments [2]

Study Says Breakfast in Class Has No Impact on Academics or Waist Lines

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WNYC
The NYU study found that serving breakfast in classrooms did not lead to higher test scores or attendance, nor did it contribute to childhood obesity.
Read More

Comments [3]

For Syrian Refugees in New Jersey, a Bumpy Adjustment to School

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WNYC
The warm welcome many Syrian families received in Elizabeth, N.J., didn't always apply to their schools. When a few needed a change, a team of local volunteers stepped in to help. 
Read More

Comments [7]

New Regents Chancellor Says She Wouldn't Want Own Kids to Take State Tests

Monday, March 21, 2016

WNYC
But New York State's newly-elected Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa also wants to improve the assessments.
Read More

Comments [1]

City Schools to See Some Money They're Owed — But Not All

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WNYC
The city schools are getting more funds next year, but the Department of Education acknowledged they still fall short of what they're owed by the state.
Read More

Comment

NYC Charters Retain Students Better Than Traditional Schools

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

WNYC
But a WNYC analysis shows attrition rates vary between the big charter networks.
Read More

Comments [6]

Success Charter School Sues State Over Pre-K Contract

Thursday, March 10, 2016

WNYC
The Success Academy charter network is taking its dispute over a pre-kindergarten contract to court. Meanwhile, New York City says over 68,000 kids have applied for free pre-k next year.
Read More

Comment

New Members Approved for New York's Board of Regents

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

WNYC
The state assembly approved three new members for the Board of Regents who, along with a new chancellor, may take the education policy-making panel in a new direction.
Read More

Comment

Fewer Black and Latino Students Testing for Specialized High Schools

Friday, March 04, 2016

WNYC
Despite outreach efforts, 521 fewer black and Hispanic students took the test this year to get into New York City's most competitive public high schools compared to last year.
Read More

Comments [7]

As Charter School Climate Changes, Founder's Tactics Remain the Same

Friday, March 04, 2016

WNYC
Success Academy has faced some bumps recently, such as a lawsuit filed by some parents and unfavorable media attention. But Eva Moskowitz says she's not looking to change her approach.
Read More

Comments [3]

Q&A: Local Expert Urges Students to Submit Financial Aid Requests

Thursday, February 25, 2016

WNYC
A New York City official says the sooner students submit their college aid applications the better their chances for generous offers. In other words, get the paperwork in now.
Read More

Comments [1]

One District's Diversity Plan Rests in Chancellor's Hands

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WNYC
New York City's Chancellor Carmen Fariña says she'll consider a proposal to better integrate elementary schools in one school district.
Read More

Comment

Desegregation Proposal Depends on Parents' Choices

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

WNYC
A district in Lower Manhattan wants to change school enrollment policies to encourage desegregation, but the effort hinges on families stepping out of their comfort zones. 
Read More

Comments [7]

Young Students Call for More School Diversity

Monday, February 22, 2016

WNYC
As adults wrestle with how to make New York City's segregated public schools more diverse, eight-year-old students share their thoughts about being in the minority at their school. 
Read More

That Old City Payphone Is Now a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Thursday, February 18, 2016

WNYC
More than a dozen free Wi-Fi kiosks have started operating out of old payphones, equipped with tablet computers that allow anyone to go on the Internet or to make free phone calls.

Comments [1]

School Safety Incidents Vary, Depending on Who Counts

Thursday, February 18, 2016

WNYC
Despite New York City's contention that its public schools are safer, state numbers show violent incidents on the rise, according to a new analysis.
Read More

Comments [1]