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Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

The High, Low and Lowest Points Between a Mayor and a Union

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.

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School Bus Workers Union Seeks to End Strike

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.

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Bloomberg Outlines Tight Education Budget

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.

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Bus Strike Meeting of Union and Companies Set For Monday

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.

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Ongoing School Bus Strike Frustrates Special Education Families

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Despite the city's efforts to help families of disabled students during the school bus strike, some parents say the process is complicated and they are struggling with the disruption.

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Possible Thawing in Teacher Evaluation Standoff

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

There were small glimmers Wednesday of an eventual return to the negotiating table, as the schools chancellor and teachers union president moved their rhetoric past the blame game over last week's failure to agree on a teacher evaluation plan.

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Charters Schools Face Different Rules For Closing

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

While the city’s education department proposed to close or shrink 26 more public schools this year it’s noteworthy that there were no charters on the list. Some critics of the Bloomberg administration claim charter schools are hard to close because the mayor is so heavily invested in their success; others argue that legal obstacles and confusing criteria create a double standard when it comes to closing low-performing charter schools.

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Labor Board Still Investigating Bus Complaints

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The regional head of the National Labor Relations Board said he expects to issue a ruling on the bus companies' request to stop the strike this week, or next week at the latest.

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Why City School Busing is So Expensive

Friday, January 18, 2013

The war between City Hall and union representing school bus workers has been a long time coming. For decades, the industry has been tarnished by scandals and by concerns about runaway costs.

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Attendance Rises Slightly on Day Two of School Bus Strike

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Attendance rose slightly on the second day of the bus strike, but it was still just about 62 percent at schools for students with severe disabilities who rely most heavily on yellow buses.

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Attendance Drops for Special Ed Students on First Day of Bus Strike

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The first school bus strike in more than 30 years has caused attendance to fall at schools serving the neediest special education students, because their pupils rely on yellow buses. Parents are using mass transit and driving their children to school. Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg and the union representing drivers and bus escorts continue to disagree about whether the city can drop long-time employee protections from bus contracts that are now going out for bid.

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Mayoral Candidates Walk Fine Line on Bus Strike

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The bus strike presents a challenge in a mayoral election year. Democrats, who are closely aligned with labor, can't afford to look unsympathetic to families whose children are stranded by the strike. Here's a round-up of what the presumed and declared Democratic and Republican candidates are saying.

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As Bus Strike Begins, City and Union Hold Firm

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

About half of the city's 7,700 yellow bus routes were not operating on this wet Wednesday morning, as bus drivers and escorts took to the picket lines. The union called on City Hall to ensure job security for its members but the mayor said the issue is not open for negotiation.

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City, Union Hit Road Block on Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Progress stalled in talks between the teachers' union and the city on a teacher evaluation system, with both sides pointing fingers.

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Legal Standoff Over Employee Protections at Heart of Strike

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

As school bus drivers and escorts prepare to strike, we look at what drove the two sides apart. The union claims the city is reneging on a promise to include employee protections in future contracts that guarantee wages and seniority rights. But the city claims a 2011 court ruling nullified those protections.

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City Prepares Families for Bus Strike

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Education officials are spreading the word via the media and old-fashioned letters in the backpack to inform families of the city's protocol for an expected school bus strike. Even with the information blast, there are many open questions about which routes will be affected and how long the strike may last.

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Teacher Evaluation Talks to Continue Over Weekend

Friday, January 11, 2013

With time running out, the Bloomberg administration and the teachers union have cleared their schedules to continue negotiations on getting a teacher evaluation deal in place by the state's deadline of next Thursday.

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Cuomo Offers Grants for Longer Days; More Pre-K

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

In his annual State of the State address, Gov. Cuomo called for higher standards for teachers, longer school days and more early childhood programs.

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Gates Study Finds Test Scores Can Measure Teacher Effectiveness

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A national study of teachers in six districts, including New York City, finds student test scores can be used to measure teacher effectiveness. As the city and the teachers union continue wrangling over a new teacher evaluation system, both sides found fuel for their arguments in the new report.

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What Parents Need to Know About Possible School Bus Strike

Monday, January 07, 2013

Public school parents are worrying a yellow bus strike could occur at any time. We can't predict the future but we do have answers to some commonly asked questions, including why this is even an issue.

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