Beth Fertig

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School Districts Team Up to Demand Better Textbooks

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New York City's Department of Education is joining forces with 30 other school districts to demand textbooks that are in sync with the new Common Core standards. At a panel on Thursda...
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City and Union Collaborate on New Community Hubs

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The teachers' union and the Education Department are joining forces to provide more social and medical services to students and their families at six schools, which will serve as community hubs.

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Teachers Starting to Hear if They Are Part of Turnaround Plan

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Thousands of teachers at 24 "turnaround" schools are learning whether they have been selected to come back in the fall, but hiring decisions are still subject to an arbitrator's decision later this week.

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To Change Behavior, Students Act as Teachers

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Teachers often wish students could spend a day in their shoes, especially the more difficult students. Beth Fertig reports on two teachers who got their wish when they experimented wi...
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Parents Pay for School Staff, With Little Oversight

Friday, June 08, 2012

It's an open secret that PTAs in many of the city's well-heeled neighborhoods pay for additional school staff. It's difficult to document the extent of this spending because the Depar...
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Proposed Change May Ease Promotion Ban

Monday, June 04, 2012

The city is proposing to give a small number of students who have been held back at least once a chance of moving ahead to the next grade if they fail their state exams again this sum...
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A 12-Year-Old Hangs Himself, and His Family Says He Was Bullied

Friday, June 01, 2012

Students and parents said on Thursday that Joel Morales was bullied in his East Harlem neighborhood and at school before he hanged himself on Tuesday in his apartment.

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Fleet Week and a Long Holiday Weekend

Friday, May 25, 2012

It's Memorial Day weekend, and while some people may be planning a brief escape or time to relax, the three-day holiday is also an opportunity for learning about history.

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At a Tech-Savvy School, Smart Questions About City's New Social Media Policy

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The city's new social media guidelines for teachers shouldn't cause too many changes, according to tech-savvy educators at the NYC iSchool. But they do wonder about some online games ...
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Charter School Group Reports Steady Demand for Seats

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

An estimated 133,080 applications were submitted for 14,600 available seats in this spring’s random admissions lotteries, according to the New York City Charter School Center. The Cha...
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City and Unions Agree That Hiring Can Begin for 24 Schools

Friday, May 18, 2012

The city can start hiring new teachers and administrators to fill positions at 24 schools that will be closed and reopened by September, under a deal reached with the teachers' and pr...
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Chronically Absent Students Missed by School Reporting

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A study finds that as many as 15 percent of students miss at least one school day in 10, doing harm to their academic progress, but they go largely undetected because of the way schools measure attendance.

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Judge Declines to Issue Injunction on Hiring for 24 Schools

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

At the urging of a State Supreme Court judge, the Education Department and the unions representing teachers and principals will seek fast-track arbitration to decide whether the city ...
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Unions Claim School Closings Violate Their Contracts

Monday, May 07, 2012

Unions representing the teachers and principals went to court to block the city from letting go of any staff members at the 24 schools it plans to close and reopen this fall. They acc...
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A 'Mean' Message From the P.S. 176 Chorus

Friday, May 04, 2012

Students in the chorus and orchestra at P.S. 176 in Brooklyn included an antibullying song in their spring repertoire: "Mean" by Taylor Swift. In an interview with WNYC's Beth Fertig,...
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Teachers, Principals and Money Unresolved for 24 Turnaround Schools

Friday, April 27, 2012

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and his deputies told members of the Panel for Educational Policy Thursday night that the city will not require the 24 schools slated for turnaround to le...
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Using Business to Help At-Risk Middle Schoolers

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Educators know many kids lose interest in school in the middle years when the work gets tougher and distractions increase. WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports on how one group is trying to kee...
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Principals Criticize Increased Costs of Test Scoring

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

City principals say their teachers will have to spend more school days than usual scoring state exams this year because of budget cuts to a pot of money that was used to keep teachers working late to score the exams.

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State Scraps Pineapple Test Question

Friday, April 20, 2012

The New York State education commissioner, John B. King Jr., pulled a series of questions from this year's eighth-grade English Language Arts exam, after an uproar about a question in...
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Principals, Show Us Your Office

Friday, April 20, 2012

During the spring break we posted photos submitted by several principals after WNYC had requested that principals send us pictures from their offices with some object of meaning. We're looking for more.

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