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.
The Edison Vote - One Year Later
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
New York, NY —It was just over a year ago when parents at five low-performing New York City schools rejected a takeover by the private company Edison Schools. At the time, Schools Chancellor Harold Levy portrayed the vote against privatization as a sign of faith in public education. Today, two of those five schools are being shut down by the state… as scheduled. But one recently improved enough to avoid being closed. And the other two will find out in June if they've also made enough gains. WNYC's Beth Fertig has this report on the struggle to turn around years of neglect.