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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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Immigrant Rights Take on New Urgency Post-Election

Friday, December 02, 2016

Workshops throughout New York City are being held on the rights of immigrants, following the election of Donald Trump. 

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Supreme Court Case Could Lead to Longer Detentions for NY Immigrants

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Immigration advocates worry that a case before the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the rights of New York-area detainees to bail hearings while they await deportation proceedings.

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Legislation Could Make It Easier for the Poor to Post Bail

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A new bill introduced in the City Council could make it easier for poor, low-level offenders to post bail by requiring the courts to ask them more financial questions.

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Tool or Weapon? Advocates Call on Cuomo to Legalize 'Gravity Knives'

Monday, November 28, 2016

Advocates called on Gov. Cuomo to legalize certain folding knives, saying that too many blacks and Latinos are being unfairly arrested for carrying knives that are actually tools.

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One South Bronx Teen Looks to College As Ladder Up, and Out

Monday, November 28, 2016

As Mott Haven gentrifies, one teen is not so impressed. He's eager to move on, to college and, eventually, the suburbs. 
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N.Y. Attorney General Warns of Scams Targeting Immigrants Post-Election

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and others say they're getting more complaints, since the election, about about scam artists targeting frightened immigrants. 

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School Integration Proposal on Hold for Lower Manhattan

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Department of Education says it needs more time to implement a proposal to distribute low-income children more evenly in local schools.
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Charter Leader Moskowitz Says She's Not Interested in Working for Trump

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Charter school leader Eva Moskowitz says she would not want to be U.S. Education Secretary in a Trump administration. 
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How to Talk About the Election with Students

Thursday, November 10, 2016

New York City teachers and principals say they're fielding a lot of tough questions from students about Donald Trump's election.
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Theme High Schools Long to Find the Most Interested Applicants

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Eighth graders in New York City have a dizzying array of high school choices, including theme schools. The problem is many theme schools can't pick the kids who most want to attend.
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School Suspensions Drop But Racial Divide Persists

Monday, October 31, 2016

While the number of New York City students who get suspended is on the decline, black children and students with disabilities still get removed from class far more than other children. 
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Teachers Get Schooled on Talking Race

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

With all the events in the news lately, more school leaders want to talk about racial inequality and bias with their students. But first, they need to learn how.  
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Born In The U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have A Hard Time Coming Home

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Some immigrant families from China send their U.S.-born babies to their home country to be raised by relatives. Certain educators in New York City say this can make education a challenge.

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For 'Satellite Babies,' Separation Can Take Its Toll

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sending babies and young children born in the U.S. to live abroad with relatives is a common practice — but experts say there are long-term costs families should take into account.
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Born In The U.S., Raised In China: 'Satellite Babies' Have A Hard Time Coming Home

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Some immigrant families from China send their U.S.-born babies to their home country to be raised by relatives. Psychologists are studying what happens when these children return home.

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Why City's Homeless Students Have High Absentee Rates

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It's well known that homeless students are much more likely to miss school than other kids but a new study says some reasons are much less obvious than others.
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Downtown Manhattan Parents Claim City Is Holding Integration Plan 'Hostage'

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Parent leaders in the East Village and Lower East Side are waiting for a green light from the city to implement their plan to mix children of different incomes among the local schools. 
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Bronx School is Last One on State Watch List

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Out of 10 schools on the state's list of "persistently struggling" schools, nine made enough progress to drop the label, including two middle schools in the Bronx.
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Thousands Rally in Brooklyn for More Charter Schools

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In what's become an annual event, thousands of charter teachers, students and families took the morning off from class to rally for more charter schools.
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Success at 10: Longtime Students Look Back

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ten years after opening its first school, Success Academy has grown into the largest charter network in New York City. We spoke with student 'lifers' on their decade with Success.
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