Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Republican Candidates: Don’t Forget About Us

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New York City has had Republican mayors for 16 years. But Republican candidates without the notoriety of Rudolph Giuliani or the wealth of Michael Bloomberg have a much harder time in a city where registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans by at least 5-to-1. As WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports, the two ...

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In a City of Democrats, Republican Candidates Struggle for Visibility

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New York City has had Republican mayors for 16 years now. But Republican candidates without the notoriety of Rudolph Giuliani or the wealth of Michael Bloomberg, have a much harder time in a city, where registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans by at least five to ...

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Republican Citywide Candidates: Don’t Forget About Us

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New York City has had Republican mayors for 16 years now. But Republican candidates without the notoriety of Rudolph Giuliani or the wealth of Michael Bloomberg have a much harder time in a city where registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans by at least 5-to-1. As ...

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State Math Scores Flat In National Survey

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New York State's elementary and middle school students showed no significant gains in a national math test, even though state math tests have shown big improvements. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, is considered the nation's report card. It shows 4th grade math ...

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Frank McCourt High School

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt (HAIDER SHAH/AFP/Getty Images)

Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt (HAIDER SHAH/AFP/Getty Images)


The city plans to name a new academically selective high school after Frank McCourt, the local teacher and author who died this past ...

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Adding It Up: Confronting Math Fear

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

In the first story of a new series, WNYC’s Beth Fertig visits a remedial class at LaGuardia Community College in Queens to see why math is such an obstacle.

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'Adding It Up' Part 1: Confronting Math Fear

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Community colleges serve almost half of all college students in the nation. Graduation rates are low - hovering around 30 percent after three years - and a majority of students need remedial help, especially in math. This is the case in New York City where ...

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Meet the Class of 'Adding It Up'

Monday, October 05, 2009

WNYC’s Beth Fertig is visiting a Math 096 class at the City University of New York’s LaGuardia Community College. The school is located in Long Island City, Queens and has students from more than 160 countries. The class we’re profiling is taught by Professor Jorge Perez, a native of Chile ...

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'Adding It Up' Part 1: 'The Hurdle of Remedial Math at a Community College'

Monday, October 05, 2009

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Community colleges serve almost half of all college students in the nation. Graduation rates are low, hovering around 30% after 3 years, and a majority of students need remedial help, especially in math. This is the case in New York City where community colleges ...

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Financial 411: The Cost of Being Gay

Monday, October 05, 2009

It costs more to be a gay couple than a married, heterosexual couple according to an analysis by two New York Times writers. Ron Lieber of the Times’s “Your Money” column explains why.

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City Holds High School Fair

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Parents of New York City eighth graders can start planning ahead. A citywide high school fair is being held Saturday and Sunday at the campus of Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene.

REPORTER: Students can apply to any of 800 high schools and programs with ...

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Bloomberg Pushes State To Lift Limit On Charter Schools

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is calling on the state to lift its limit on charter schools so the city can open a hundred more. That would double the number of children attending charters in New York City.

BLOOMBERG: Anybody that wants to look the parents of those 40,000 ...

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Education Commissioner Sworn In

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The state's new education commissioner says he wants to examine whether New York needs to raise its standards. David Steiner was sworn in today in Albany after previously serving as the Dean of CUNY's Hunter College School of Education. Steiner also said New York would ...

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New Yorkers Mistaken About Sex-Ed in Schools

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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77% of New York State voters mistakenly believe sex education is required in public schools, according to a survey funded largely by Planned Parenthood. Dana Czuczka, vice president for government affairs for the organization's New York City chapter, says ...

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Special Education in NYC Saw Increased Funding

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The city spent over $100 million on private school tuition for special education students last year, an increase of more than $13 million over the previous year. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Students with disabilities are entitled to attend private schools at taxpayer expense if ...

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New Vending Machines Would Provide Students Healthy Options

Friday, September 25, 2009

Snapple juices are out, and flavored waters are in. The Department of Education wants to work with two new vending contractors for the city schools now that the Snapple contract is expiring.

Instead of juice, vending machines would serve water and flavored waters with no more ...

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Study Finds NYC Students Ill-Prepared for College

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A new study finds too many New York City high school students aren't prepared for college, and urges the state and city to take action. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The study by the Annenberg Institute for School reform looked at students at the City ...

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Early Start for Reading

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

As educators wrestle with how to improve literacy, a persistant challenge is the gap in reading scores between low-income and middle class students. Studies have shown that children from poor families don’t get the same early start as students from wealthier or more educated households, ...

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Stanford Study Says NYC Charter Schools Improving

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A new study by Stanford researchers finds students who attend New York City charter schools for both elementary and middle grades are closing the achievement gap with suburban students.

On average, a student who attended a charter for grades K through 8 would close 86 percent ...

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Teacher Union: Overcrowding Worse Than Estimated

Monday, September 21, 2009

The teachers union now says overcrowding in the public schools is even worse than estimated last week. More than 7,400 classes are above the contractual limit, according to an annual survey by the United Federation of Teachers. The union says that's almost 2,000 more classes ...

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