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.
Sandy Minute-by-Minute: At 3 PM, Social Life Gets More Complicated
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 04:00 AM
Francesca Berisa and Ashley McCarthy are both 13-year-old eighth graders at I.S. 2 in the New Dorp section of Staten Island. After Sandy, Francesca and her family moved to the southern tip of the island because they lost their house.
Now, it's more difficult for Francesca to hang out with her friends after school. And the parks and beaches they used to visit are damaged. "We used to hang out every single day going to the park and now it’s not every single day going to the park," says Francesca.
Ashley says it's hard to recognize her old neighborhood. "There's nothing left. You see the beach. There's no more trees."
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