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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 2001 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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Beth Fertig appears in the following:

How One Bronx School Got More Parents Involved

Friday, July 01, 2016

WNYC has been following efforts to improve M.S. 22 in the South Bronx. Here's the story of how a few involved moms managed to lure more of their peers into the middle school.
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Summer Recruitment Underway for Male Teachers of Color

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In New York City, 43 percent of public school students are black, Latino and Asian boys. Yet, less than 9 percent of the teachers are men of color. The city is trying to change that.
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Wrapping up the NYC School Year

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

School's out! Here is a look at some of the big news stories from the 2015-6 school year in New York City. 
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Change Your Attitude, Ace Your Test?

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Bronx middle school that's trying to turn around its academic performance is giving kids tools to help themselves. 
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Principal Leading Boys and Girls High School Will Step Down

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Michael Wiltshire served as principal of both Boys and Girls, a struggling school, and Medgar Evers Prep, a high-performing one. He will stay on as leader of Medgar Evers.
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Advice from Jason Jones to Upper West Side Parents: Don't Talk to the Press

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

He played a fake correspondent on "The Daily Show." Now, Jason Jones has words of caution for his fellow parents about the media, as they debate their Upper West Side school's future.
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Community Schools Fear Loss of Funding at Month's End

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Twelve schools that are part of a program favored by Mayor Bill de Blasio could lose their funds if the city doesn't juggle state money on time.
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Regents Ease Diploma Requirements for Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The new rules take effect this month, in time for students preparing to graduate high school.
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Out to Lunch: One Student's Quest for Equality

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WNYC
In some high schools, if you eat in the cafeteria it suggests you're too poor to eat off campus. One New York City teen is looking for a way to give all kids more lunch options. 
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An Idea to Solve Overcrowding Receives Emotional Response on Upper West Side

Monday, June 13, 2016

WNYC
Talk of moving an Upper West Side elementary school has ignited another fury over the best way to handle overcrowding and to promote diversity.  
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Feds Sue NYC Schools for Inaction in Face of Discrimination Claims

Thursday, June 09, 2016

WNYC
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara claims New York City failed to respond properly after staff at a Queens high school accused their principal of racism and retaliation.
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School Integration 2.0: How Could New York City Do It Better?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

We talked to a lot of New Yorkers about their ideas on how to integrate the city's public schools. Here's what we learned, including one key takeaway: It's complicated. 
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City to Recruit More Blacks, Latinos for Specialized High Schools

Thursday, June 09, 2016

WNYC
New York City will invest in tutoring and support to attract more black and Latino kids to the city's elite high schools, and leave the single-test admissions process intact.
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What To Do About New York City Schools: Teens Weigh In

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

WNYC
Most of the debate over desegregating the city's public schools involves parents, school officials and politicians. These three high school students have some ideas, too.
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How One Brooklyn Charter School Integrates With Intention

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

WNYC
In New York City, most black and Latino students attend school with very few white and Asian students. One charter school wanted do things differently — it's working, most of the time.
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How Downtown Manhattan Wants to Create More Integrated Schools

Monday, June 06, 2016

WNYC
The school district that includes the East Village wants to shake up its admissions policies. It's one of several solutions under consideration to better integrate New York City schools.
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City Invites More Schools to Try Diversity Initiatives

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WNYC
The city's Department of Education will allow more schools to change their admissions policies, with the goal of reducing segregation by attracting students from different backgrounds.
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To Teach Kids To Read And Write, Sometimes You Have To Get Creative

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Across the U.S., school districts face low literacy rates among low-income and minority students. Here's how schools in Dallas, Baltimore and the Bronx are getting at the problem a little differently.

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Study: Letter Grades Pushed Struggling Schools to Improve

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WNYC
A provocative report by a researcher argues that Mayor de Blasio tossed aside a good policy when he stopped giving A-F letter grades to the city's public schools.
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Help Wanted: Immigrants in Limbo Can Now Apply to Become Teachers

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WNYC
Those who came to the U.S. as children, but whose professional options were limited because of their immigration status, can now apply for teaching and other licenses in New York.
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