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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

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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Weiner Tacks Right in Education Debate

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Anthony Weiner appeared in his first debate since joining the race for mayor last week. The topic was education and the former congressman staked out a position slightly to the right of his fellow Democrats.

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Weiner Calls for Less Testing, Supports Space Sharing with Charters

Thursday, May 23, 2013

In his first broadcast interview since joining the mayor's race, Anthony Weiner outlines his emerging education agenda. The newly-minted Democratic candidate tells WNYC that Mayor Bloomberg made a few "crucial mistakes." but overall made progress with the city schools.

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Teachers Doing Their Homework Before Union Endorsement

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

City teachers are considering the candidates before their union makes an endorsement in the mayoral race next month. At a delegates meeting, several said they hope the union backs someone who strongly supports labor, and gives teachers more respect than they feel they get from the current administration.

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Judge Allows G&T Testing Suit to Proceed

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A lawsuit brought by four families argues that the city's methodology is flawed when it comes to determining which children are eligible for gifted and talented programs.

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Thompson Proposes Mid-Course Correction to Bloomberg's School Policies

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WNYC

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, one of the Democrats running for mayor, said mayoral control could be in jeopardy when it comes up for renewal if there are not "tweaks" made to Mayor Bloomberg's education reforms.

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Chances of Admission to a Charter School Improving

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WNYC

City students who apply to a charter school now have a 27 percent chance of getting in, as more of the privately managed public schools take root. But there's still a waiting list of more than 50,000 students.

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Mayoral Candidates Promise Teachers a New Direction

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Six of the candidates running for mayor addressed hundreds of teachers at a union-organized forum on Saturday. They all criticized aspects of Mayor Bloomberg's record, and said they would give more respect to teachers and families.

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Parent Council Elections to Proceed, For Now

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

WNYC

Elections for the city's parent councils may continue. A group of candidates unsuccessfully tried to persuade a judge to halt the process because they felt they weren't given a full opportunity to campaign before voting began on May 1.

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Teachers: What's it Like Scoring the State Tests?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

WNYC

For all the anxiety about testing and test results, the middle step of actually scoring the New York State tests, given to students in April, is getting scant attention. Yet city teachers are spending work hours grading the state tests, with a varying degree of training. One teacher said there's a "very complicated and lengthy rubric we were given to help us score" and another described debates among scorers about how to assess student writing.

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Cathie Black Emails Reveal City Hall's Damage Control

Friday, May 03, 2013

WNYC

Emails between City Hall and Cathie Black, who Mayor Bloomberg nominated to replace Joel Klein as schools chancellor, show a mad scramble to rally celebrities to support the embattled nominee. A court ruling on Thursday forced the administration to release the emails to the public.

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Parent Candidates Sue to Halt Council Elections

Friday, May 03, 2013

WNYC

Eight parents who are running to sit on local Community Education Councils are suing to stop the elections. They argue the process has not allowed them a fair chance to reach the select parents with the authority to vote for them.

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Bronx Students Take Stand Against Dangerous Texting

Thursday, May 02, 2013

WNYC

Teens from one Bronx high school are trying to get the message out that driving and texting don't mix.

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