Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at NYU and the author, most recently, of Reign of ­Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to ­America’s Public Schools.
 (November 2014)

  • The Lost Purpose of School Reform

    April 2, 2015

    Federal education law originally had one overriding purpose: to send federal funding to schools that enrolled large numbers of poor children.

  • Making Schools Poor

    June 13, 2014

    Last week’s court ruling striking down job protections for California teachers does nothing to help schools in a state that now ranks at the very bottom in per-pupil spending on education.

  • New York Schools: The Roar of the Charters

    March 27, 2014

    How did a privately managed school franchise that serves a tiny portion of New York City students manage to hijack the education reforms of a new mayor with a huge popular mandate?

  • Holding Education Hostage

    February 1, 2013

    For weeks, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the United Federation of Teachers have been battling over the issue of teacher evaluation, potentially costing the city schools hundreds of millions of dollars. Why does Commissioner King intend to punish the city’s children if the grown-ups don’t agree?

  • Two Visions for Chicago's Schools

    September 12, 2012

    According to most news reports, the teachers in Chicago are striking because they are lazy and greedy. Or they are striking because of a personality clash between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and union president Karen Lewis. Or because this is the last gasp of a dying union movement. Or because Emanuel wants a longer school day, and the teachers oppose it. None of this is true.

  • The Miseducation of Mitt Romney

    June 5, 2012

    On May 23, the Romney campaign released its education policy white paper titled “A Chance for Every Child: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Restoring the Promise of American Education.” If you liked the George W. Bush administration’s education reforms, you will love the Romney plan. If you think that turning the schools over to the private sector will solve their problems, then his plan will thrill you.

  • Flunking Arne Duncan

    March 7, 2012

    Given Arne Duncan’s enthusiasm for grading educators, it seems high time to evaluate his own performance as Secretary of Education.

  • No Student Left Untested

    February 21, 2012

    New York’s education officials are obsessed with test scores. In order to secure $700 million of promised funding from Obama’s Race to the Top program, the state wants to find and fire the teachers who aren’t able to produce higher test scores year after year. But most testing experts believe that the methods for rating teachers are inaccurate, unstable, and unreliable. New York’s hurried and wrong-headed teacher evaluation plan will profoundly demoralize teachers, as they realize that they have lost their professional autonomy and will be measured according to precise behaviors and actions that have nothing to do with their own definition of good teaching.

  • The Education of Lord Bloomberg

    April 11, 2011

    April 7, 2011 was a day that should be remembered as one of the strangest in the history of the public schools of New York City and New York State. On that day, by coincidence (or not), the Chancellor of the New York City schools, Cathleen Black, and the State Commissioner of Education, David Steiner, both resigned.

  • New York's New Schools Czar

    November 11, 2010

    After a stormy eight-year reign, New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein announced last week that he was stepping down to work for Rupert Murdoch. Mayor Bloomberg immediately selected another non-educator, Cathleen Black, the chairman of Hearst Magazines, to take charge of the school system.

  • Obama's Right-Wing School Reform

    June 10, 2010

    What started out as a conventional book tour turned into something else: a whistle-stop campaign to warn against some of the education “reforms” currently in vogue.