NYC Schools: A retrospective with Joel Klein

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Education Reform in New York City: a Retrospective with Joel Klein

CEO of Amplify

(former Chancellor of NYC Department of Education)

in conversation with

David Steiner

Dean, Hunter College School of Education

(former Commissioner, NYS Department of Education)

Joel Klein was New York City’s longest-serving Schools Chancellor (2002-2010) since Harold G. Campbell, who retired in 1942. Immediately before Klein’s tenure began, the City transferred control of schools to the mayor; Klein closed down or reorganized a multitude of schools, opened small high schools of choice, enabled the creation of more than a hundred charter schools, and introduced a system of performance accountability across the district. Such changes won Klein both praise and condemnation – perhaps only Michelle Rhee’s much briefer stint as Schools Chief in Washington DC created as much controversy and attention. As the largest school district in the nation, what happened in NYC had ripple effects across the country and was held up as an example of the new accountability-based reforms by both defenders and critics alike.

Three years later, how does Klein himself evaluate the effects of his approach to public education? What advice would he give to other educational leaders today? Please join the CUNY Institute for Education Policy on December 12th as Institute Director and Hunter College Education School Dean David Steiner engages with Klein in a rare one-on-one discussion.

Dean Steiner served as New York State Commissioner of Education during Chancellor’s Klein’s tenure and is thus in a unique position to discuss the story of a decade of work in the NYC schools. The conversation will provide an unscripted and unique opportunity to explore – with its chief architect – the record and lessons to be drawn from a decade of NYC school reform.

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