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Beth Fertig

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.

"If New York City’s public schools were a city, they’d be one of the ten largest cities in the United States," she says.  With 1.1 million students hailing from all over the world, and well over 100,000 employees, Beth describes the school system as a fascinating lens through which to see the city. “Every social problem and challenge shows up in the schools,” she says. “And you get to see real people of all ages dealing with these challenges, not just talking about them.”

Beth is a New York City native who discovered her love for journalism at her college newspaper at the University of Michigan. She also has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. She’s won many local and national awards, including the prestigious Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism for her series of reports in 2000 about an effort to privatize some struggling city schools.

Beth also won an Edward R. Murrow award for an investigation of a subway fire. And she’s won numerous awards from the city's Deadline Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the New York Press Club -- which gave her a special award after the 2001 terrorist attacks for a profile on the friendship of two WTC survivors.

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Cuomo: Budget Was Victory Over 'Formidable' Opposition

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

WNYC
Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a victory lap on Wednesday, claiming the new state budget includes a better teacher evaluation system despite tough opposition from the teachers union.
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New York Budget Increases School Funding, Amends Teacher Eval Rules

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WNYC
Under deadline pressure, Democrats in Albany reluctantly agreed to a deal on how teachers are evaluated despite opposition from educators and policy makers across the state.
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Education Partisans Vow to Keep Fighting on Items Excluded From Budget Deal

Monday, March 30, 2015

The future of teacher evaluations, mayoral control of the city schools and the DREAM Act are still uncertain now that they're left out of the state budget.
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Students Claim City Sports Program Discriminates Against Small Schools

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WNYC
Student athletes protested at a City Council hearing — they say city funding favors big schools with more white students.
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Charter Leader Moskowitz Defends Her Policies, Won't Say if She's Running for Mayor

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WNYC
In an interview on WNYC's Brian Leher Show, charter school leader and lightning rod Eva Moskowitz defended her schools and her policy of not filling empty seats in upper grades.
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More Unwanted Teachers Leave System Under de Blasio

Monday, March 23, 2015

WNYC
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has gotten more "excessed" teachers to leave the system, mostly by encouraging them to take the retirement deal laid out in the new teachers contract.
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Mayor De Blasio Defends His School Improvement Plan

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WNYC
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio makes the case that struggling schools have a better chance of turning around with his approach than with the plan proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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DREAM Act and Education Tax Credit Appear on Collision Course

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WNYC
With the Republican-led State Senate opposed to the DREAM act and the Democrat-led Assembly opposed to an education tax credit, Albany observers wonder how both items can survive.
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Being 12: The Year Everything Changes for Kids, Schools, Tech, Bodies

Friday, March 13, 2015

WNYC
Download this special program on why 12 matters so much. It's a "hot mess" of change. Hear straight from New York City kids — and a few adults — on Being 12. 
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When Relationships Reign Supreme

Friday, March 13, 2015

WNYC
Déjà Palmer, 12, is spending much more time worrying about friendships and romance, but she also knows she's too young to let dating dominate her life.
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Judge Rules Teacher Tenure Suit Can Proceed

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Staten Island judge has found no reason to dismiss a lawsuit by parents challenging the state's teacher tenure system, but the union said it still believes the case is without merit.
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When Parents Get Drawn Into School Politics

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Protests continue today as parents from all sides of the education debate react to Gov. Cuomo's budget proposals, which would change how teachers are evaluated and students are taught.

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First Person: New Yorkers on Being 12

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WNYC
Twelve is an age when the world starts opening up. Hear these students sound off on topics like bullying, social media, discipline, dating and friendships. It's not easy being 12. 
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Middle School: A 'Hot Mess' of Distractions

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Seventh graders make for curious but easily distracted students. Our Being 12 series looks at the crucial age where teachers and hormones battle for kids’ attention.
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12 Things to Know About 'Being 12' in New York City

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WNYC
Why does 12 matter? Because that kid you saw on the street or subway is going through major physical and psychological changes, buys a lot and represents the changing face of America. 
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Now Saving The Music Industry: Your 12-Year-Old

Sunday, March 08, 2015

WNYC
As the music industry struggled to keep older buyers and fans, it's discovered that tweens are the ultimate renewable resource—as long as the artists sort of act their age.
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City Shuts Down Two Troubled Charter Schools

Thursday, March 05, 2015

WNYC
New York City education officials took the unusual step to close two charters, effective this June, because of persistently low performance and weak leadership.
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Life After the Ban: Schools Roll Out the New Cell Phone Rules

Monday, March 02, 2015

WNYC
New York City's ban on cell phones in public schools is over. Now, individual schools get to choose a policy that works for them. 
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In Dig at De Blasio, Cuomo Defends His Plan for Failing Schools

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WNYC
Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered a vigorous defense of his plan to turnaround failing schools, one day after Mayor Bill de Blasio went to Albany and argued for an alternative.
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CUNY Program Raises Graduation Rates with Intensive Support

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WNYC
A program aimed at boosting graduation rates among community college students has bucked the trend and managed to retain students, according to an independent research study.
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