Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Do High-Needs Students Affect a School's Grade?

Monday, February 13, 2012

New York City's latest plan to reform special education services encourages public school principals to take more of the neediest students. An analysis by WNYC shows how these student...
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A Small School Thrives Within a Large One Full of Challenges

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

In the decade since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office, New York City has opened about 500 new public schools, partly as a result of the city's determination to break up failing s...
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Wadleigh's Principal Leaving As City Plans Elimination of Middle Grades

Friday, February 03, 2012

The principal of a troubled secondary school in Manhattan has announced she will leave the school a day after the Panel for Educational Policy is scheduled to vote to phase out its middle grades.

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Mayoral Hopefuls Protest School Closings

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A week before the city's Panel for Educational Policy is scheduled to vote on plans to shrink or phase-out 25 more struggling schools, four potential mayoral contenders joined opponen...
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City Forges Ahead on Restructuring at 33 Schools

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New York City is moving ahead with plans to significantly change 33 low-performing schools in danger of losing federal grant money. At the same time, the city and teachers' union are...
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Where Was the Help?, Wadleigh Supporters Ask Education Official

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A crowd of about 200 community leaders, elected officials and NAACP members turned out Thursday night to oppose the city's plan to phase out the middle grades of Wadleigh Secondary Sc...
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Aspire Prep Says It Should Not Be Penalized for One Bad Year

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Bronx middle school Aspire Preparatory claims it is being unfairly tarnished because of one especially bad year. The school earned its first F last year when a high number of teac...
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Bloomberg 'Optimistic' on Teacher Evaluations

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called on school districts to negotiate new teacher evaluations with their unions or risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, Mayor Michael...
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Gingrich's Plan to Turn Students Into City School Cleaners? Only in the Movies

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich took a potshot at an unusual target in the most recent Republican debate. He lambasted New York City school cleaners for getting paid too much, ...
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Teachers Trade Ideas on Keeping M.L.K. Fresh

Monday, January 16, 2012

For teachers, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday comes with some heavy challenges. How do you make an annual lesson plan fresh each year, especially one loaded with issues of race and...
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Another Player Enters New York's Advocacy Arena

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New York's education debate just gained another player, with the arrival of the New York Campaign for Achievement Now. The group wants to make it easier for parents to turn failing sc...
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Kindergarten Application Season Starts in City Schools

Monday, January 09, 2012

Kindergarten admissions for public schools start this week, as parents begin touring elementary schools. Several districts have had to put children on wait lists in recent years becau...
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Success Academy Blitzes Cobble Hill

Thursday, January 05, 2012

The Success Academy charter school network is promoting its new school in Cobble Hill with a bus shelter advertisement, and by hanging leaflets on doors.

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A Sigh of Relief at a School That Was Spared

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Bronx elementary school that received an F on its school progress report was among the 47 schools at risk of being closed or phased out next year. But P.S. 277 learned that it has b...
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Can School Zones Change?

Friday, December 09, 2011

A reader looking for a new apartment asks: What are the rules and regulations surrounding how often school zones can change?

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Between State-City Tensions Lie Plans to Improve Schools

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Part of the recent tension between Albany and city officials is about how the city is using almost $60 million in federal grants to improve 44 struggling schools. The city has a plan ...
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Is the Tools of the Mind Curriculum Effective?

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Being able to sit at a desk in kindergarten can be just as important as learning the A B C’s. The curriculum of one popular pre-K program, Tools of the Mind, that tries to enforce tho...
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A Struggling School Gets a Lift From a Visiting Professor

Monday, December 05, 2011

Prof. Cornel West, the celebrated academic and activist, made a star turn at a Harlem school that may possibly be closed. Although his appearance was planned long before the school re...
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Cookie Tray Theory Propels Student to D.C.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Packing cookies in a tray. That is the analogy a Stuyvesant High School senior, Brian Kim, of Bayside, Queens, uses to describe the math project that has put him in the finals of the ...
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New Scrutiny of Federal Dollars for Tutoring

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The No Child Left Behind law required struggling schools to set aside some of their federal assistance to provide tutoring for low-income students. New York City now spends $100 milli...
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