Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
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.