Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Special Ed Spending

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

WNYC has learned that New York City spent $89 million sending students with disabilities to private schools during the 2007-2008 school year. That's an increase of more than 50 percent over the previous year.

The education department's lead attorney, Michael Best, says the increase is largely ...


Mayor: Wait and See About Party Affiliation

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg insists he hasn't decided what party line he'll run on, even as he's hired a top Democratic consultant to help him win a third term in office. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: Bloomberg says he hasn't talked about switching parties. The Democrat turned Republican ...


Dept. of Ed Disputes Class Size Stats

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The city's education department is disputing claims that class sizes have gone up this year. The president of the teachers union and a group called "Class Size Matters" wrote a letter to the state's Education Commissioner claiming average class sizes have increased at all levels, ...


More Families Seek Shelter as Recession Deepens

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Coalition for the Homeless says the number of homeless families hit a record high last month, with 9,700 seeking shelter.

As of last week, the city reported more than 15,000 children were staying in shelters.

Susan Barnes, principal of P-S 112 in the Northeast Bronx, says ...


Report: Teen Mothers Need More Assistance at Schools

Monday, December 22, 2008

A new report says teenage mothers don't have enough child care at their schools.

In 2007, the city shut down four high schools for pregnant and parenting teens because the programs had a poor academic track record.

The goal was to send the students to regular schools ...


Schools Hit Hard By Multiple Cuts

Friday, December 19, 2008

City agencies have until Monday to tell the mayor how they'll comply with his request to find another seven percent worth of savings. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the combination of state and local cuts would have a huge impact on the public schools.



Budget Cuts Hit Schools Hard

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The city's Department of Education is preparing a list of possible budget cuts, to be delivered to City Hall on Monday, following Mayor Bloomberg's request that agencies slice another seven percent from their budgets. The schools could wind up with a total of $1.5 billion ...


Gifted & Talented

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The city's Department of Education says it's trying to diversify its gifted and talented programs after the number of accepted students fell by 50 percent this year, leading to fewer blacks and Hispanics.

This, despite an increase in overall applicants. The city now uses a cutoff ...


With Fundraising Prowess, Kennedy Championed Education

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Before seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton, Caroline Kennedy headed fundraising efforts for the New York City public schools As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, Kennedy made the schools more popular among private philanthropists.

REPORTER: Prior to Kennedy's involvement, the Fund for Public ...


Hundreds of City Schools Near Polluted Sites

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A study by USA today finds 240 New York City schools are in locations with heavier-than-average industrial pollution. More than half are in Brooklyn, with large numbers in Queens and Manhattan. Local sources of pollution include Brooklyn's Pfizer Plant and Navy Yard, Long Island City's ...


It's Getting Tougher to Breathe in Some New York City Schools

Monday, December 08, 2008

More than half are in Brooklyn, with large numbers in Queens and Manhattan. Local sources of pollution include Brooklyn's Pfizer Plant and Navy Yard, Long Island City's Keyspan Power Station, and New Jersey refineries.

But EPA Regional Spokesman Elias Rodriguez says the newspaper's findings are limited, ...


Three Schools Closing for Poor Performance

Friday, December 05, 2008

Three of the city's public schools are being closed for poor performance.

The city's Education Department says MS 44 on the Upper West Side, PS 90 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, and PS 225 in Rockaway Park, Queens, all received a D or an ...


Special Ed Enrollment Rising in Some Small High Schools

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New York City has opened about 200 small new schools since Mayor Bloomberg took office. The effort is part of a national movement to phase out large failing high schools. Many education advocates believe these smaller and more personalized schools are good environments for special ...


Trash on the Tracks: Recycling in NYC's Subways

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Recycling is the law of the state, and New Yorkers are used to seeing blue and green bins in their communities and at public agencies. But not in the subway system. New York City Transit has a completely different way of sorting its trash. WNYC ...


Retirements Among Air Traffic Controllers Mean More Jobs

Friday, November 16, 2007

Laguardia, Newark and Kennedy consistently have the most delays of any of the nation’s airports. Every hour, they each handle between 80 and 100 arriving and departing planes. All of that traffic is managed by air traffic controllers. With thousands of them nearing retirement age, ...


Concern over city plan to build schools in contaminated area

Monday, November 12, 2007

Some Bronx residents want the city to conduct an extra review of its plans to build 4 new schools on a former manufacturing site in Mott Haven. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The new schools are going up on a site that previously hosted a ...


Union Prevented from Automatically Collecting Member Dues

Friday, November 09, 2007

A Brooklyn judge has ruled that the Transport Workers Union cannot resume automatically deducting membership dues from the paychecks of bus and subway workers.

The so-called dues checkoff was taken away earlier this year as a penalty for the union's 2005 transit strike and the union ...


Grand Central Shuttle Gets Riders Highest Ratings

Friday, November 09, 2007

Subway riders have given the 42nd Street Shuttle a B-minus, the highest grade so far of the 11 lines that have gotten passenger reviews. Results for two other west side lines came in with the number 2 train getting a C and the 3 line ...


A Train Incident Injures Transit Worker

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A subway motorman was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital after a southbound M train leaving City Hall-Chambers Street struck a bumper block at the end of the station at around 11 o'clock this morning. New York City Transit says the train was not in passenger ...


City Schools Get Graded

Monday, November 05, 2007

Most of the city's 14-hundred public school principals got their grades today, as the city gave out its first ever progress reports. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, there were many surprises.

REPORTER: About 60 percent of the schools got As and B's. But some schools that ...