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.
In One School, a Snapshot of Bloomberg's Education Legacy
Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 04:00 AM
Washington Irving High School used to be a large school with 4,000 students near the hustle and bustle of Manhattan’s Union Square. Today, the elegant, century-old building with painted murals depicting scenes from New York history is home to seven separate schools. This dramatic shakeup was a result of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's policy of replacing failing schools with small new schools and charters.
In this report that aired on NPR, WNYC's Beth Fertig explains that it's a legacy unlikely to continue under his successor, Bill de Blasio.