Reporter Beth Fertig has mastered the complexities of the nation's largest school system as well as
the craft of strong, active writing and radio production. This four-part series for public radio station WNYC dissects the reasons why New York City parents voted against hiring the for-profit company, Edison Schools, to run several of the city's worst elementary schools. Fertig lets all of the constituencies speak for themselves as she reports on the interplay of teachers, minority parents, school officials and Edison's public relations campaign. She explains why the vote was doomed to fail, despite the best intentions of everyone involved.

Beth Fertig, reporter/producer; Mark McDonald, executive producer.

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