Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Cash Merits for Successful Teachers

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Teachers at 200 of the city's lowest performing public schools may be eligible for up to $3,000 each if their scores go up this year. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The teachers union has been historically opposed to merit pay. Union president Randi Weingarten says ...


Transit Advocates Work to Prevent Fare Increase

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

In a preview of the fight to come, a coalition of lawmakers and transit advocates has sent a letter to the MTA asking to postpone any fare hike until April 15th - after the state budget deadline.

REPORTER: Assembly Democrat Richard Brodsky says the MTA should ...


Teachers May Earn Cash for Improving Student Achievement Levels

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Teachers in 200 of the city's low-performing public schools will be eligible for cash rewards if they raise test scores this year. Mayor Bloomberg says the program will encourage teachers to work in struggling schools while also challenging them to do more for students.



Students Could get Paid for High Test Scores

Monday, October 15, 2007

Students at 25 city high schools and 6 parochial schools will make extra money if they do well on their Advanced Placement tests. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The students can earn between 500 and a thousand dollars, depending on how high they score. The ...


NYU to Open Campus in Abu Dhabi

Saturday, October 13, 2007

New York University has made an agreement with the government of Abu Dhabi to build a campus in the Persian Gulf Emirate. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

FERTIG: The campus in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, will serve 2000 students when it opens in ...


MTA Turns to GPS for Keeping Buses On Time

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Bus riders in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper East Side are seeing the wave of the future: new electronic displays telling them when they can expect the next bus. Fifteen signs have now been installed as the MTA begins using global positioning systems to track ...


8 States Reach Nation’s Largest Environmental Settlement

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The federal government's landmark environmental settlement with a power plant company based in Ohio is being praised by officials and environmental advocates as a major victory for New York.

REPOTER: John Walke, clean air director with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., says the ...


School Safety Agents Prompt Thousands of Complaints: NYPD

Friday, October 05, 2007

WNYC has obtained a letter in which the Police Department says it's received almost 2700 complaints against its school safety agents over the past five years. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The New York Civil Liberties Union and student groups have been complaining about what they ...


City Releases Plan to Clean Up Jamaica Bay

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The city has released its long awaited plan to clean up its national park at the end of the A train. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Jamaica Bay is steadily losing its salt marsh islands because of pollution from local development and dirty water from sewage ...


Special Ed Case Heads to Supreme Court

Monday, October 01, 2007

The US Supreme Court hears arguments today over whether a New York City student receiving special education services at a private school is eligible for public dollars. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Special education students are entitled to go to private schools at taxpayer expense if ...


Supreme Court Hearing Some Local Cases

Monday, October 01, 2007

Special education advocates say a New York case being heard in the US Supreme Court today could affect the future of students across the country.

REPORTER: The case involves a former Viacom executive who wants the city to pay for his son to attend a private ...


MTA Says No Choice But to Raise Fares

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

MTA Officials say problems with programming their metro card vending machines aren't the sole reason for proposing a 25 cent fare increase next year instead of a smaller increment, such as a dime.

REPORTER: Executive Director Elliot Sander acknowledged getting the machines to store and collect ...


Fare Play

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

WNYC reporter Beth Fertig looks at the two ways the MTA is proposing to increase subway fares.

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Residents Sound Off on the Possible Fare Hike

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Straphangers aren't exactly warming up to the MTA's plan to raise the base bus and subway fare to $2.25 next year - even though the agency says a hike is necessary because of deficits starting in 2009.

REPORTER: Ann Jackson of Manhattan says it's hard to ...


MTA Eyes Fare Hike Options

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The MTA has proposed the increase of the basic fare of a bus or subway ride from $2 to $2.25. But, the agency is also considering discounts for riders who travel off peak. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The MTA is considering raising the cost of ...


Obama’s Case for New York

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Barack Obama is campaigning in New York right now to make his case for president. Find out why he thinks he’d be a better president than the hometown candidates. Also, how much freedom of expression do you have in the workplace, and CNN commentator Jack Cafferty. Plus, we hear from ...

Two Proposals for a Fare Hike

Monday, September 24, 2007

Get ready to dig deeper for you metro card

REPORTER: The MTA offered two different proposals today for a fare hike in 2008. Both would raise the 2 dollar base fare for bus and subway riders to 2.25. But while the MTA says one option would ...


MTA Reveals Plan for Future Floods

Friday, September 21, 2007

The MTA has vowed to do a better job next time there's a major flood. The agency just released a report on the storm that almost shut down the entire system last month. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The report said the flash flood of ...


Top Prize Awarded to City Schools

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New York City has won the prestigious Broad Foundation prize praising student achievement. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The foundation's experts visited urban districts around the country. It praised New York City in particular for progress in closing the achievement gap between white and minority ...


Council Looks at Mayor's Control of Schools

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The City Council is taking a hard look at whether the mayor should keep running the schools. The state law granting the Mayor of New York City full control over the city's public schools will expire in 2009.

REPORTER: Bronx City Councilman James Vacca says he ...