Beth Fertig appears in the following:
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Ask and ye shall get. In response to Schoolbook's question about the new state tests, parents and teachers shared comments about longer reading passages and kids running out of time to answer questions. Some creative teachers came up with a new song about the exams. And we got a very interesting question.
Monday, April 08, 2013
The percentage of students who scored at the highest levels fell after the city changed part of the test for the gifted and talented programs. Just 921 test-takers scored at the 99th percentile compared to 1607 last year.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
In just a few days, New York City’s eighth graders will find out which high schools they got into. When it comes to the specialized high schools, chances are good that the students accepted will not reflect the overall student population. "It's the test prep that helps them get in," said a critic of the single-test admissions rule. "Not what they're learning in school."
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This week eighth graders will find out if they were accepted to the city’s most competitive high schools. Judging from past admissions data, most students will come from middle to upper class neighborhoods. But there's also a low-income section of Brooklyn where families have figured out what it takes to get in.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his private foundation has "nothing to do with" four new charter schools that are being designed with help from the Department of Education. The schools are part of a city program aimed at helping to increase the graduation rates of young black and Latino men, though they will be open to both males and females.
Monday, March 04, 2013
School safety agents filed a class action lawsuit, claiming they're paid less to perform the same duties as the special officers who work at hospitals and homeless shelters.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Educators now can choose from a city-approved list when buying materials that adhere to the Common Core standards in math and English. Schools won't get the new materials until September though, months after students take the first Common Core-aligned exams.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A new report finds higher concentrations of students in poverty and special needs at the 26 schools the city has targeted for closure, but it doesn't draw any conclusions about whether the schools received enough funds to prevent them from going downhill academically.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A troubled charter school run by the teachers union is getting two more years to improve. Trustees of the State University of New York approved the short-term renewal after deciding that the school's elementary grades had done well enough to keep it going.
Monday, February 25, 2013
A K-12 charter school run by the teachers' union will find out Tuesday if all or some of it can remain open. The latest review cited numerous problems including low student achievement, poor fiscal health and a few cases of corporal punishment.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A judge blocked the state from taking away $250 million in education aid from New York City after the mayor and the United Federation of Teachers failed to agree on a new teacher evaluation system by last month's deadline.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Three years after releasing a report finding students at New York City charters schools perform better than their peers at traditional schools, a research center at Stanford University reached the same conclusions and gave high marks, especially, to gains made in mathematics.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Part of the reason school bus service in New York City will be restored Wednesday is the support offered the union by the five main Democrats running for mayor. What exactly did they promise? Not much, it seems.
Friday, February 15, 2013
The month-long school bus strike that affected tens of thousands of New York City children ended Friday, after union leaders were assured by prospective mayoral candidates that their concerns would be heard after this year's election.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has argued that removing employee protections from school bus contracts will save money. On Tuesday, the education department got its first look at the evidence when it opened bids from 67 companies, almost half of which are new to the city and don't have union workers.
Monday, February 11, 2013
The school bus dispute is heading to court. Three of the bus companies are seeking to immediately do away with the union's employee protections in all bus contracts, not just the batch currently open for bids.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg’s relationship with the teachers' union hit an all-time low last month when the two sides couldn’t agree on a new way to evaluate city teachers. And that's saying something, considering the rocky relationship this mayor has had with the union. An audio look-back recalls some choice moments from the last decade.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
As the school bus strike goes into its third week, the union is calling on Mayor Bloomberg to agree to a "cooling off" period so drivers and escorts can go back to work while all sides meet to look for savings.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
With no deal on teacher evaluations, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented a new budget that eliminates 2500 teaching positions, after school programs, books and other classroom supplies.
Friday, January 25, 2013
As the school bus strike heads into its third week, a meeting is scheduled Monday at Gracie Mansion between the union representing striking school bus workers and the bus companies. Although Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for the meeting, he insists it's not his place to get involved in negotiations.