President, Foundation for Opportunity in Education
Deputy Director, CUNY Institute for Education Policy
in conversation with
Dean, Hunter College School of Education
(former Commissioner, NYS Department of Education)
February 25, 2014
5:30 – 6:15 pm Reception
6:15 – 7:30 pm Public Forum
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute
At Hunter College
47-49 E 65th St.
New York, NY 10065
For most Americans, “public education” has meant the traditional neighborhood school. That once-unassailable image is changing, however, as states and districts have begun to sanction a wider array of schools such as magnets and charters, and new school funding mechanisms such as tax credits and vouchers – stirring up controversy in the process.
There are important arguments on each side. To its defenders, the dominant model reflects democratic governance structures, advances citizenship formation, is ideologically neutral, and should be preserved with minor adjustments. Innovators, for their side, believe that the expansion of educational options yields better academic outcomes and more diverse classrooms, and aligns the United States’ school system with those of other democratic nations.
New York State is no stranger to these debates; home to some of the nation’s most extensive charter school networks, New York is now considering a bill that renders tax credit for up to $300 million in philanthropic education dollars. Please join us for a lively discussion of the bill’s benefits and limitations in light of international education systems.
This conversation is part of the CUNYEd series
Exploring Alternative Structures for American Education