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Education Scholar Diane Ravitch on 'The Death and Life of the Great American School System'

Diane Ravitch is a former Assistant Secretary of Education and
counselor to Education Secretary Lamar Alexander under President George
H.W. Bush and was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board
under President Clinton. She is the author of over twenty books, is
research professor of education at New York University and a senior
fellow at the Brookings Institution.

She’s long been known as an
advocate of No Child Left Behind, charter schools, standardized
testing, and using the free market to improve schools. But she’s had a
radical change of heart, as chronicled in her latest book, The Death
and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice
Are Undermining Education
. Ravitch says, “The evidence says No Child
Left Behind was a failure, and charter schools aren’t going to be any

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