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Diane Ravitch
Research Professor
NYU Steinhardt School of Education

Diane Ravitch is Research Professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and a historian of American education. She is the author of numerous books, most recently The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (Knopf, 2003). Professor Ravitch also serves as a trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and is a member of the Koret Task Force at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of state and national academic standards. She was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by the Clinton Administration, serving from 1997-2004.

Before entering government service, she was Adjunct Professor of History and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from Wellesley College and holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

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