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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

For Some Special Ed Students, Inclusion Is Deferred

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More than 85 percent of New York City’s special education students are not meeting state standards for reading in the elementary and middle grades. Yet the city spends about $5 billion a year to educate students with special needs, more than a fifth of the total budget for schools. The city has been heavily criticized for spending so much money and getting such poor results. It is now trying to improve the way these students are educated. But going forward sometimes means taking a step back.

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The Chancellor and the Marathon

Monday, November 07, 2011

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott joined the 45,000 people running the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Mr. Walcott started training less than a year ago, when he decided to make running the marathon the goal for his 60th birthday.

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Chancellor on the Cellphone Ban: 'It's the Policy'

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott weighs-in on the ban on cellphones, following our conversations with parents, teachers and students. He says the policy is staying put.

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Brownsville Parents Ask Chancellor to Spare Their Schools From Closing

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

At a town hall meeting in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott heard from angry parents and teachers who worry that three schools in their district could be closed for poor performance. They urged him to instead put more resources into the schools, and said a recent shooting in the neighborhood was a reminder that their community is in crisis.

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Union Claims Nearly a Million Students Hit by Budget Cuts

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

City teachers are reporting more crowded classrooms, fewer textbooks and even a lack of furniture in a survey of union representatives across the five boroughs. The union released the results of an email survey to its representatives across the system, and said class sizes are more crowded than at any time since the 1970s.

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On National Test, New York Declines in Math

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

UPDATED: Average math scores for New York fourth graders fell by three points on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card. New York was the only state in the country in which the scores declined. State officials and others reacted to the news.

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Cellphone Ban Is a Tale of Two City Schools

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Five years ago, the city started aggressively enforcing its 1998 ban on electronics to keep cellphones out of schools, except for students with medical conditions. Yet today, students at most schools know they can get away with carrying their phones unless they flaunt them. It is the students at schools with metal detectors who pay a price for following the rules, by using trucks and bodegas to stash their phones for a dollar a day.

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Charter's 'D' Score Does Not Reflect Parent Satisfaction, School Says

Friday, October 21, 2011

La Cima Elementary Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, received high approval ratings in February from parents on its own survey. But that was not the standardized query from the Department of Education, and when the school did not respond to that survey request in March, it received an F score for environment and an overall D grade.

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State Seeks Another Race to the Top Grant

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A year after winning $700 million from the federal government's Race to the Top challenge, New York State is competing for another $100 million, this time for improving early childhood education programs.

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High School Student at Downtown Protest Ponders Its Purpose

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A voice from the Occupy Wall Street protest: A student at Pace High School in Manhattan expresses sympathy for the protesters, but says she is confused about their goals.

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On WNYC, Union President Says Protest Message is 'Clear'

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

On his daily talk show, WNYC's Brian Lehrer asks why established labor unions are now joining the Occupy Wall Street movement, and if the protesters even have a unified message. "The message is clear, the country's headed in the wrong direction," responds United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew.

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Soul Searching at a Struggling School Where Teachers See Progress

Monday, October 03, 2011

The city is taking a hard look at 20 low-performing schools that got D’s and F’s on their latest annual report cards. But one elementary school in the South Bronx, P.S. 277, does not see itself as a failure, despite getting an F.

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Group Asks Supreme Court to Allow Religious Services in Schools

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Bronx evangelical church and its supporters have petitioned the United States Supreme Court to hear a case on whether New York City can bar religious services in its public schools. Backers of the church claim the city is violating a 2001 ruling by the court. New York City claims its rule against religious worship in schools is constitutional.

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Students With Library Fines Get 'New Chapter'

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The slate is clean: City students under the age of 18 can now return their overdue library books without any penalties through Oct. 31.

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Better Schools and Character Education Lead School Talk

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Today's "The Brian Lehrer Show" featured Beth Fertig in a conversation about the latest school reform efforts, including in middle schools; the debate over teachers, and character education.

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Tough Time for Teachers and Their Union's President

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Between the economy and the national political environment, these are hard times to be a labor leader. As Michael Mulgrew enters his third year as president of the United Federation of Teachers, his 74,000 active members have been without a contract since fall 2009. And teachers are in the spotlight as never before. But Mr. Mulgrew sees the climate turning in his members' favor: 'You’re seeing people get angrier and angrier, and the issue really is the unfairness.'

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Pearson Expands Downtown, Consolidating Technology Jobs

Monday, September 19, 2011

The education and publishing company Pearson is expanding its presence in New York City by adding 600 jobs to a consolidated new office in western SoHo by the summer of 2014.

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For Safety's Sake, a Little Less Art on School Walls

Friday, September 16, 2011

Principals at city public schools also said they are cutting back on some of their classroom displays because of enforcement of fire codes by the city Fire Department. Gone are some hallway displays. And teachers have taken down the clotheslines, common in city elementary schools, that were used to hang instructions at students' eye level

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Staten Island Parents Still Pressing to Get Buses Back

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Staten Island parents are still fuming over the cancellation of yellow school buses for seventh and eighth grade students last year, and are likely to make an uninvited appearance at tonight's Panel for Educational Policy meeting at The Michael J. Petrides School. Staten Island politicians are pushing for state legislation called Aniya's Law, named for a 13-year-old girl who was killed in June while crossing an intersection to catch a city bus after school. If approved it would restore bus service for middle school students.

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For Public School Parents, A Hired Hand to Hold

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New York City parents interested in private schools often pay for consultants to help them navigate the complicated admissions process. But while the city’s public schools are free and open to all, that doesn’t mean they are any easier to understand. For a price, that's where Joyce Szuflita and Robin Aronow come in.

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