Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
Fewer NYC Schools on State Watch List
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
New York, NY —
The number of city schools on a state watch list has dropped in the past year from 32 to 20. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.
REPORTER: 13 schools did well enough to get off the state's dreaded list of Schools Under Registration Review, or SURR. Four more schools were added. But Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein were especially proud because the list continued to shrink. There are now just 20 schools on the SURR list compared to 77 when Bloomberg took office.
Joseph Viteritti, who studies the schools as chair of the department of urban affairs at Hunter College, says the mayor has some ammunition as he runs for re-election.
VITERITTI: I think it's a good sign especially when the number of schools has grown since 2002 because of charter schools and small schools and other experiments.
REPORTER: Bloomberg is also trying to persuade state lawmakers to renew the law they enacted that year putting him in charge of the schools. Despite these gains however, the SURR list has shrunk statewide; and more than half the schools on the review list are still in New York City. For WNYC I'm Beth Fertig.