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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig is a Senior Reporter at WNYC. She has been covering New York for WNYC since 1995, and has won numerous awards, including a duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for a series on education. She has been reporting solely on education since late 2008, after she wrote a book about the challenge of teaching all children to read, "Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three students and a mayor put our schools to the test" (FSG Books, 2009). Follow her on Twitter @bethfertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

This Week in Politics: The Mayor's Big Week

Saturday, March 15, 2014

WNYC

It was a big week for Mayor Bill de Blasio. An explosion leveled two apartment buildings in East Harlem — and then a plan for universal pre-kindergarten emerged in budget talks in Albany. It wasn't exactly his plan, and it wasn't exactly a victory. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Beth Fertig sit down with special guest Azi Paybarah of Capital New York to discuss This Week in Politics.

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Elated Students Enjoy Snow Day

Friday, January 03, 2014

It didn't matter that temperatures were in the teens and wind gusts rolled in mightily. Bundled-up New Yorkers took the opportunity of a snow day to frolic in the white stuff.

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This Week in Politics: Veteran Progressives

Saturday, December 21, 2013

WNYC

Mayor Michael Bloomberg just can't say goodbye—Bill de Blasio posits that it is government veterans who are best poised to make change—and Beth Fertig sketches out who the next schools chancellor might be. Andrea Bernstein, Brigid Bergin and Beth Fertig break down This Week in Politics.

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Building a New School, With Cameras Rolling

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The story of starting a new school is at the heart of a documentary film airing on PBS Tuesday night called The New Public. It's an unvarnished view into the teachers and students who took a leap, and created a high school from scratch in the heart of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

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30 Issues: Parents and Schools

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's Education Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

During the Bloomberg years, many parents felt cut out of the education system, from decisions around school closings to the rise of testing. Will the next mayor's DOE be different? WNYC associate producer covering education Yasmeen Khan, and Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org, discuss the differences between the mayoral candidates when it comes to parental involvement in public schools in NYC.

Then: Rob ReichStanford political scientist and co-editor of Education, Justice, and Democracy, discusses why he thinks contributions to the PTA shouldn't necessarily be tax deductible.

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In Roar for Change, Voters Pick De Blasio, Rebuke Quinn

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

WNYC

With three quarters of Democratic voters saying they wanted change, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio just edged over the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off in the Democratic primary.  But former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who came in second with 26 percent, vowed to plow on. The vote was a sharp rebuke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to City Council Christine Quinn, who ran as a nicer, gentler Bloomberg. Quinn came in a distant third. 

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Why the Test Scores Tanked

Thursday, August 08, 2013

New York adopted more stringent standardized tests this year and has the big drop in scores to prove it. Beth Fertig, contributing editor for Education, WNYC Radio and Schoolbook.org, looks at the results, why federal education officials are satisfied with them and what they mean for Bloomberg's legacy and for the next mayor.

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Fury Continues over Regents Scoring Problems

Friday, June 21, 2013

It's been a frustrating week for the city's high school teachers and principals because of delays scoring the state Regents exams. The city said a new system was supposed to make scoring faster and easier, but there were software problems. Meanwhile, some students will attend graduation ceremonies not knowing whether they have passed all of their exams.

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Teachers Union Backs Thompson for Mayor

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bill Thompson, the former head of the Board of Education and son of a public school teacher, won the endorsement of the teachers union in the race for mayor. Union leaders said they were not looking to play it safe this election cycle.

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NYC Teachers' Union Poised to Endorse Candidate for Mayor

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The city's largest labor union is slated to make an endorsement in the mayoral race on Wednesday, after members of the United Federation of Teachers meet to consider the Democratic candidates who have been seeking the UFT stamp of approval.

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Bloomberg Defends Lower Graduation Rates

Monday, June 17, 2013

After seeing high school graduation rates improve under his watch, Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the slight decline on Monday as a sign that the city is holding steady despite the state's tougher graduation standards.

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Gifted and Talented Seats Become Far More Competitive

Friday, June 14, 2013

Gifted and Talented offers were finally sent to families on Friday, and just over half of the applicants received seats - a far lower percentage than in previous years. The Department of Education said that was largely because so many more children were eligible after scoring highly on the screening tests.

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Rockaway Students Create Post-Sandy Documentary

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sixth graders at the Scholars' Academy in the Rockaway's now have a permanent record of their experiences following Sandy: a documentary they produced with the help of professional teaching artists.

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Audit Finds Flaws with High School Admissions

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Screened high schools sometimes take students who don't meet their tough admissions criteria, according to an audit by the City Comptroller which found flaws in the city's matching system.

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Bronx High School of Science Principal to Retire

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WNYC

The principal of the Bronx High School of science plans to retire this year, but the Department of Education says her decision has nothing to do with the controversy over her leadership of the selective school.

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Democrats Pitch to Supporters of Charter Schools

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Democrats running for mayor have appeared before the teachers' union and various community groups. On Tuesday, some of them addressed an auditorium of parents organized by a group that supports charter schools.

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Mentoring Program Graduates Teen Scientists

Monday, June 10, 2013

Dozens of teens presented their research findings after completing a two-year after school science program at the American Museum of Natural History, in which they studied topics ranging from astrophysics to molecular biology.

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Anti-Testing Supporters Sense Momentum

Monday, June 03, 2013

WNYC

There is still one round of state exams for elementary and middle school students left in the school year. The 40-minute field tests starting this week may not count but they are infuriating a group of families who have inspired at least one school to decline administering the tests.

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City Wins Lawsuit on Parent Council Elections

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Department of Education won a lawsuit brought by parents who claimed the election process for Community Education Councils was unfair. The suit had prevented the city from announcing the names of the winners.

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Last Students at Phase-Out School Face Limited Choices

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One of Mayor Bloomberg’s signature policies in education was to replace large, low-performing high schools with small new schools. The schools slated to close usually phase out over time, leaving their students with a shrinking menu of course offerings and programs. Listen to this story from Columbus High School which is straining to carry its last two grades over the finish line.

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