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Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University, a distinguished historian of American education, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

From 1991 to 1993, Ravitch was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by the Clinton administration.

She blogs for HuffingtonPost.com and EdWeek.org. Ravitch is the author or editor of over 20 books, including The Death and Life of the Great American School System, and her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. A native of Houston, Ravitch lives in Brooklyn, NY.



Do politicians know anything at all about schools and education? Anything?
ASK THIS | February 07, 2012
Diane Ravitch poses a dozen piercing questions on education and school policy. Some of them turn conventional thinking on its ear, and each could be a starting point for reporting on elections, from the presidency on down to local school boards.

Miracle schools, vouchers and all that educational flim-flam
ASK THIS | April 13, 2011
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch tells reporters to dig deep when states or school districts or even individual schools claim big educational gains; chances are someone is gaming the system. She shows how such gaming works – and when it comes to asking the right questions, Ravitch could be anyone’s assignment editor.

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