Diane Ravitch, a New York University professor, leading historian of New York City public education (author of “The Great School Wars”), and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, will offer an account of how the city has periodically restructured its public education system. She will compare and contrast the Bloomberg program with other periods of major restructuring in both the 19th and 20th centuries. New York Times education columnist Samuel Freedman, a professor at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, will serve as the lecture’s respondent. The event, Friday, October 29, 8:30-10 a.m., is sponsored by New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.

WHO: Diane Ravitch, professor, New York University; Samuel Freedman, professor, Columbia University’s School of Journalism and New York Times education columnist

WHAT: “Restructuring New York City’s Public Education: A Historical Perspective”

WHEN: Friday, October 29, 8:30-10 a.m.

WHERE: NYU’s Greenberg Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall (40 Washington Square South)

Reporters interested in attending the conference should contact James Devitt, NYU Office of Public Affairs, at (212) 998-6808 or

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