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Beth Fertig

Why Can't U Teach me 2 Read?

Date: May 8, 2010

WNYC reporter Beth Fertig will discuss the city’s attempt to use data to track student achievement, and to measure school performance through “progress reports” using an A-F grading system. It was quite controversial and is still very much a work in progress, with the city tinkering each year to make it more fair and principals and teachers complaining that it’s much too simplistic and unfair.

Beth Fertig is WNYC’s education reporter and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. She’s won many local and national awards, including the prestigious Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism and an Edward R. Murrow award. She’s been on staff with the station since 1995, and previously covered City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. In 2008, Beth took time off from WNYC to write her first book. It’s called "Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test" and was published in the fall of 2009 by FSG Books. The book grew out of a 2006 WNYC radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students.

Photo: (c) Andi Schreiber

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