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Debating No Child Left Behind

Sol Stern, City Journal contributing editor, participates in a NewTalk forum about the future of the the No Child Left Behind Act, joining other education experts such as Diane Ravitch, Chester Finn, and Randi Weingarten. Click here to read this ongoing NewTalk forum.

Sol Stern.

Sol Stern is a contributing editor of City Journal and a Manhattan Institute senior fellow. He writes passionately on education reform, and his writings on that topic have helped shape the terms of the current debate in New York City.

Stern is the author of Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice. Aside from his work in City Journal, Stern’s articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, Commentary, The New Republic, the New York Daily News, Newsday, the Village Voice, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and The New Statesmen.

Mr. Stern was an editor and staff writer for Ramparts magazine between 1966 and 1972. He then spent the next twelve years as a freelance writer and editor. From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Stern served as director of Issues, press secretary, and senior policy adviser in the Office of the City Council President of New York. In 1994, he was appointed executive director of a New York State Commission on Juvenile Justice Reform, where he served for one year. After leaving state government, he returned to journalism.

Stern grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the City College of New York. He received an M.A. in political science from the State University of Iowa and did further graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Ruth Stern, who teaches in a New York City public high school.


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Arts and Literature
  • Aligned with Liberty The New Criterion, 09-17-10
  • When G-Men Do Research on Campus Wall Street Journal, 08-12-12


  • Bilingual Education
  • School Choice: The Last Civil Rights Battle City Journal, Winter 1998


  • Business and Economy
  • No to Sports Stadium Madness City Journal, Autumn 1998
  • When G-Men Do Research on Campus Wall Street Journal, 08-12-12


  • Charter Schools
  • Let's Seize This Chance for School Reform City Journal, Spring 1995
  • School Choice: The Last Civil Rights Battle City Journal, Winter 1998
  • The Rebirth of American History? City Journal, Spring 1998
  • A School Reform Whose Time Has Come City Journal, Summer 1998
  • The Invisible Miracle of Catholic Schools City Journal, Summer 1996
  • School Choice Isn’t Enough City Journal, Winter 2008
  • . . . and Why Unions Are Death on Charter Schools New York Post, 12-06-98
  • A Charter School Renaissance Investor's Business Daily, 09-03-98
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter City Journal, Spring 2011


  • Children and Family
  • Here's What We Have to Reform City Journal, Winter 1995
  • An Epochal Victory for Kids City Journal, 28 June 2002


  • Compassionate Conservatism
  • Compassionate Conservatism’s Next Step City Journal, Winter 2003


  • Crime
  • Eviction Notice City Journal, Summer 1996


  • Culture and Society
  • Showing the Flag Diarist, Autumn 2001
  • Off Course City Journal, Spring 1996
  • Ah, Those Black Panthers! Beautiful! City Journal, Summer 2003
  • May 1968: 40 Years Later City Journal, Spring 2008
  • The Ramparts I Watched City Journal, Winter 2010
  • Hannah Arendt and the Origins of Israelophobia City Journal, Winter 2012
  • When G-Men Do Research on Campus Wall Street Journal, 08-12-12


  • Economic Development
  • No to Sports Stadium Madness City Journal, Autumn 1998
  • Off Course City Journal, Spring 1996


  • Education
  • Catholic-School Canard City Journal, Autumn 1996
  • Dems to Poor Kids: Get Lost City Journal, Spring 2001
  • Grading the Schools City Journal, Spring 1997
  • My Public School Lesson City Journal, Autumn 1997
  • School Choice: The Last Civil Rights Battle City Journal, Winter 1998
  • The Rebirth of American History? City Journal, Spring 1998
  • A School Reform Whose Time Has Come City Journal, Summer 1998
  • Crew Flunks Out City Journal, Winter 2000
  • Crew Mutinies City Journal, Spring 1999
  • How Businessmen Shouldn’t Help the Schools City Journal, Summer 1999
  • Let's Seize This Chance for School Reform City Journal, Spring 1995
  • America’s Most Influential—and Wrongest—School Reformer City Journal, Winter 2000
  • A Fair Day’s Work? City Journal, Winter 2001
  • How Teachers’ Unions Handcuff Schools City Journal, Spring 1997
  • Prophetic Minority? City Journal, Summer 1999
  • The Vanishing School Day City Journal, Autumn 1999
  • UFT Dress Code City Journal, Summer 1998
  • Falling Dominoes City Journal, Autumn 2000
  • The Invisible Miracle of Catholic Schools City Journal, Summer 1996
  • The Schools That Vouchers Built City Journal, Winter 1999
  • Harold Levy’s Fuzzy Math City Journal, Summer 2001
  • The Education Mayor? City Journal, Spring 2002
  • The Vanishing Teacher and Other UFT Fictions City Journal, Spring 2000
  • Off Course City Journal, Spring 1996
  • Albany’s New Deck Chairs City Journal, Spring 1996
  • Here's What We Have to Reform City Journal, Winter 1995
  • Who Should Run Gotham’s Schools? City Journal, 14 July 2002
  • School Daze City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • Compassionate Conservatism’s Next Step City Journal, Winter 2003
  • Bloomberg and Klein Rush In City Journal, 8 April 2003
  • Tragedy Looms for Gotham’s School Reform City Journal, Autumn 2003
  • Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice Book, May 2003
  • New York’s Fiscal Equity Follies City Journal, Spring 2004
  • Destined to Fail City Journal, Spring 2004
  • Yes, the Education President City Journal, Summer 2004
  • City’s Pupils Get More Hype than Hope City Journal, Winter 2006
  • Won’t Someone Stop This Tragedy? City Journal, 18 April 2006
  • The Ed Schools’ Latest—and Worst—Humbug City Journal, Summer 2006
  • Reorganizing the Reorganization City Journal, Summer 2006
  • Eliot Spitzer’s CFE Problem City Journal, Autumn 2006
  • This Bush Education Reform Really Works City Journal, Winter 2007
  • Save the Catholic Schools! City Journal, Spring 2007
  • Grading Mayoral Control City Journal, Summer 2007
  • False Prophet City Journal, Autumn 2007
  • School Choice Isn’t Enough City Journal, Winter 2008
  • Brian Anderson and Sol Stern discuss "School Choice Isn't Enough" Podcast: Interview, January 20, 2008
  • A Marshall Plan for Reading City Journal, Summer 2008
  • Math And Marxism New York Post, 03-20-07
  • Do We Need a Basic Rewrite of No Child Left Behind? NewTalk, 07-05-08
  • In School Reform, Billions of Dollars � But Not Much Bang New York Daily News, 11-18-07
  • Pulling A 'Fast' One New York Post, 10-01-07
  • Grading Mayoral Control Townhall.com, 07-26-07
  • S.O.S. -- Save Our Schools Wall Street Journal, 12-10-02
  • Bust That Trust: An Open Letter New York Post, 08-19-02
  • Tax Credits Can Teach Big Lessons New York Daily News, 04-11-01
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressor City Journal, Spring 2009
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressor National Review Online, 03-28-09
  • Mike & Randi Make a Good Deal; Schoolkids Get a Raw One New York Daily News, 06-25-09
  • A Teachers’ Contract for a New Era City Journal, Special Issue 2009
  • E. D. Hirsch’s Curriculum for Democracy City Journal, Autumn 2009
  • Can New York Clean Up the Testing Mess? City Journal, Spring 2010
  • Sol Stern discusses his article from the spring 2010 issue of City Journal, "Can New York Clean Up the Testing Mess?," with Paul Beston Podcast: Interview, May 6, 2010
  • The Testing Mess National Review Online, 08-04-10
  • The Propaganda in Our Ed Schools Minding the Campus, 10-26-10
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter City Journal, Spring 2011
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter To Inner-city Children San Francisco Examiner, 04-21-11
  • A Solution for Gotham’s Reading Woes City Journal, Summer 2011
  • A Brilliant Experiment In Reading: But Will New Schools Chancellor Fund Revolutionary Program? New York Daily News, 07-14-11
  • The Excellence Gap City Journal, Autumn 2011
  • Bloomberg's Kids Just Aren't Learning: What the Grim NAEP Results Are Telling Us New York Daily News, 12-09-11
  • The Curriculum Reformation City Journal, Summer 2012
  • Public School Children Cheated By Perverse Performance Pay Incentives The Daily Beast, 04-01-13
  • The Truth About Common Core National Review Online, 04-03-13
  • Common Core: Response to Joy Pullman National Review Online, 04-08-13
  • Conservatives and the Common Core Wall Street Journal, 05-14-13
  • Education Advice for the Next Mayor City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • Wanted: A Real Education Mayor New York Daily News, 06-17-13
  • The Closing of Diane Ravitch’s Mind City Journal, Autumn 2013
  • Making Americans RealClearPolicy, 11-11-13
  • Faria's Upside-Down Philosophy New York Daily News, 01-12-14


  • Energy
  • Prophetic Minority? City Journal, Summer 1999
  • Falling Dominoes City Journal, Autumn 2000
  • Compassionate Conservatism’s Next Step City Journal, Winter 2003


  • Foreign Affairs
  • Israel Without Apology City Journal, Summer 2003
  • The Nakba Obsession City Journal, Summer 2010
  • Now City City Journal, Autumn 2010
  • Hannah Arendt and the Origins of Israelophobia City Journal, Winter 2012


  • Government Reform
  • Harold Levy’s Fuzzy Math City Journal, Summer 2001
  • The Education Mayor? City Journal, Spring 2002


  • Higher Education
  • False Prophet City Journal, Autumn 2007
  • School Choice Isn’t Enough City Journal, Winter 2008
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressor City Journal, Spring 2009
  • The Propaganda in Our Ed Schools Minding the Campus, 10-26-10
  • When G-Men Do Research on Campus Wall Street Journal, 08-12-12


  • History
  • The Rebirth of American History? City Journal, Spring 1998
  • May 1968: 40 Years Later City Journal, Spring 2008
  • Remembering the Revolution Wall Street Journal, 03-02-09
  • Hannah Arendt and the Origins of Israelophobia City Journal, Winter 2012


  • Homelessness
  • Who Says the Homeless Should Work? City Journal, Summer 1997


  • Housing and Redevelopment
  • Eviction Notice City Journal, Summer 1996


  • Legal Issues
  • The Legal Aid Follies City Journal, Autumn 1995
  • Eviction Notice City Journal, Summer 1996
  • What the Voucher Victory Means City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • New York’s Fiscal Equity Follies City Journal, Spring 2004


  • Media
  • No to Sports Stadium Madness City Journal, Autumn 1998
  • Ah, Those Black Panthers! Beautiful! City Journal, Summer 2003


  • National Politics
  • Compassionate Conservatism’s Next Step City Journal, Winter 2003
  • ACORN’s Nutty Regime for Cities City Journal, Spring 2003
  • When G-Men Do Research on Campus Wall Street Journal, 08-12-12
  • The Truth About Common Core National Review Online, 04-03-13
  • Conservatives and the Common Core Wall Street Journal, 05-14-13


  • New York City
  • Catholic-School Canard City Journal, Autumn 1996
  • Grading the Schools City Journal, Spring 1997
  • My Public School Lesson City Journal, Autumn 1997
  • School Choice: The Last Civil Rights Battle City Journal, Winter 1998
  • The Rebirth of American History? City Journal, Spring 1998
  • Crew Flunks Out City Journal, Winter 2000
  • Crew Mutinies City Journal, Spring 1999
  • How Businessmen Shouldn’t Help the Schools City Journal, Summer 1999
  • No to Sports Stadium Madness City Journal, Autumn 1998
  • How Teachers’ Unions Handcuff Schools City Journal, Spring 1997
  • The Vanishing School Day City Journal, Autumn 1999
  • The Invisible Miracle of Catholic Schools City Journal, Summer 1996
  • The Education Mayor? City Journal, Spring 2002
  • The Vanishing Teacher and Other UFT Fictions City Journal, Spring 2000
  • Off Course City Journal, Spring 1996
  • Bloomberg and Klein Rush In City Journal, 8 April 2003
  • Tragedy Looms for Gotham’s School Reform City Journal, Autumn 2003
  • New York’s Fiscal Equity Follies City Journal, Spring 2004
  • Destined to Fail City Journal, Spring 2004
  • City’s Pupils Get More Hype than Hope City Journal, Winter 2006
  • Won’t Someone Stop This Tragedy? City Journal, 18 April 2006
  • Gotham’s Telltale Reading Tests City Journal, Autumn 2006
  • Eliot Spitzer’s CFE Problem City Journal, Autumn 2006
  • Grading Mayoral Control City Journal, Summer 2007
  • Can New York Clean Up the Testing Mess? City Journal, Spring 2010
  • Bloomy's Bubble Bursts New York Post, 03-06-11
  • A Solution for Gotham’s Reading Woes City Journal, Summer 2011
  • A Brilliant Experiment In Reading: But Will New Schools Chancellor Fund Revolutionary Program? New York Daily News, 07-14-11
  • Bloomberg's Kids Just Aren't Learning: What the Grim NAEP Results Are Telling Us New York Daily News, 12-09-11
  • Education Advice for the Next Mayor City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • Faria's Upside-Down Philosophy New York Daily News, 01-12-14


  • New York State
  • Dems to Poor Kids: Get Lost City Journal, Spring 2001
  • Albany’s New Deck Chairs City Journal, Spring 1996
  • New York’s Fiscal Equity Follies City Journal, Spring 2004
  • Eliot Spitzer’s CFE Problem City Journal, Autumn 2006


  • NYC Economy
  • No to Sports Stadium Madness City Journal, Autumn 1998
  • Steer Clear of Stadium Madness New York Daily News, 11-23-98
  • Bloomy's Bubble Bursts New York Post, 03-06-11


  • NYC Politics
  • No to Sports Stadium Madness City Journal, Autumn 1998
  • City’s Pupils Get More Hype than Hope City Journal, Winter 2006
  • Grading Mayoral Control City Journal, Summer 2007
  • Bloomy's Bubble Bursts New York Post, 03-06-11
  • Wanted: A Real Education Mayor New York Daily News, 06-17-13
  • Faria's Upside-Down Philosophy New York Daily News, 01-12-14


  • NYC Schools
  • The Invisible Miracle of Catholic Schools City Journal, Summer 1996
  • The Vanishing Teacher and Other UFT Fictions City Journal, Spring 2000
  • Bloomberg and Klein Rush In City Journal, 8 April 2003
  • Tragedy Looms for Gotham’s School Reform City Journal, Autumn 2003
  • Harold Levy’s Fuzzy Math City Journal, Summer 2001
  • How Businessmen Shouldn’t Help the Schools City Journal, Summer 1999
  • School Choice: The Last Civil Rights Battle City Journal, Winter 1998
  • The Rebirth of American History? City Journal, Spring 1998
  • How Teachers’ Unions Handcuff Schools City Journal, Spring 1997
  • My Public School Lesson City Journal, Autumn 1997
  • Catholic-School Canard City Journal, Autumn 1996
  • Off Course City Journal, Spring 1996
  • Grading the Schools City Journal, Spring 1997
  • The Vanishing School Day City Journal, Autumn 1999
  • Crew Mutinies City Journal, Spring 1999
  • Crew Flunks Out City Journal, Winter 2000
  • A Fair Day’s Work? City Journal, Winter 2001
  • Destined to Fail City Journal, Spring 2004
  • New York’s Fiscal Equity Follies City Journal, Spring 2004
  • The Education Mayor? City Journal, Spring 2002
  • City’s Pupils Get More Hype than Hope City Journal, Winter 2006
  • Won’t Someone Stop This Tragedy? City Journal, 18 April 2006
  • The Ed Schools’ Latest—and Worst—Humbug City Journal, Summer 2006
  • Reorganizing the Reorganization City Journal, Summer 2006
  • Gotham’s Telltale Reading Tests City Journal, Autumn 2006
  • Eliot Spitzer’s CFE Problem City Journal, Autumn 2006
  • Save the Catholic Schools! City Journal, Spring 2007
  • Grading Mayoral Control City Journal, Summer 2007
  • School Choice Isn’t Enough City Journal, Winter 2008
  • A Marshall Plan for Reading City Journal, Summer 2008
  • Save The Catholic Schools New York Post, 05-01-07
  • Radical Teach New York Post, 05-12-07
  • $5B Headache New York Post, 10-16-06
  • PR But Not the 3 Rs Los Angeles Times, 03-25-06
  • Pinko Teachers, Inc. New York Post, 03-12-06
  • They Never Learn Barron's, 01-24-05
  • Opportunities Lost The New York Sun, 12-14-04
  • The Cash Excuse New York Post, 04-13-04
  • Teach Before You Test, Mike New York Post, 03-28-04
  • Façade of Excellence Education Next, 06-25-03
  • The Ideal Teachers’ Deal New York Daily News, 04-30-02
  • A Fight For The Kids New York Post, 03-12-02
  • Solving the Real Teacher ‘Crisis’ New York Daily News, 04-09-00
  • What Rudy Crew Didn't Do The New York Times, 12-29-99
  • Rudy, We Hardly Knew Ye New York Daily News, 12-05-99
  • The Shrinking School Day New York Daily News, 10-15-99
  • Can New York Clean Up the Testing Mess? City Journal, Spring 2010
  • In School Reform, Billions of Dollars � But Not Much Bang New York Daily News, 11-18-07
  • Grading Mayoral Control Townhall.com, 07-26-07
  • Math And Marxism New York Post, 03-20-07
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter City Journal, Spring 2011
  • A Brilliant Experiment In Reading: But Will New Schools Chancellor Fund Revolutionary Program? New York Daily News, 07-14-11
  • A Solution for Gotham’s Reading Woes City Journal, Summer 2011
  • Bloomberg's Kids Just Aren't Learning: What the Grim NAEP Results Are Telling Us New York Daily News, 12-09-11
  • A Teachers’ Contract for a New Era City Journal, Special Issue 2009
  • Wanted: A Real Education Mayor New York Daily News, 06-17-13
  • Education Advice for the Next Mayor City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • The Closing of Diane Ravitch’s Mind City Journal, Autumn 2013
  • Faria's Upside-Down Philosophy New York Daily News, 01-12-14


  • NYS Politics
  • Dems to Poor Kids: Get Lost City Journal, Spring 2001
  • Eliot Spitzer’s CFE Problem City Journal, Autumn 2006


  • Obituaries
  • The Ghosts of Bill Ayers Front Page Magazine, 10-16-06


  • Other Cities
  • Now City City Journal, Autumn 2010
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter To Inner-city Children San Francisco Examiner, 04-21-11


  • Philanthropy
  • Who Says the Homeless Should Work? City Journal, Summer 1997
  • How Businessmen Shouldn’t Help the Schools City Journal, Summer 1999
  • Won’t Someone Stop This Tragedy? City Journal, 18 April 2006


  • Political Correctness
  • Ah, Those Black Panthers! Beautiful! City Journal, Summer 2003
  • Showing the Flag Diarist, Autumn 2001


  • Politics
  • Crew Mutinies City Journal, Spring 1999
  • Compassionate Conservatism’s Next Step City Journal, Winter 2003
  • ACORN’s Nutty Regime for Cities City Journal, Spring 2003
  • When G-Men Do Research on Campus Wall Street Journal, 08-12-12
  • Common Core: Response to Joy Pullman National Review Online, 04-08-13


  • Race
  • Ah, Those Black Panthers! Beautiful! City Journal, Summer 2003
  • A Marshall Plan for Reading City Journal, Summer 2008


  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Ah, Those Black Panthers! Beautiful! City Journal, Summer 2003


  • Regulation
  • No to Sports Stadium Madness City Journal, Autumn 1998


  • School Curriculum and Programs
  • The Rebirth of American History? City Journal, Spring 1998
  • How Businessmen Shouldn’t Help the Schools City Journal, Summer 1999
  • The Education Mayor? City Journal, Spring 2002
  • Who Should Run Gotham’s Schools? City Journal, 14 July 2002
  • Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice Book, May 2003
  • Destined to Fail City Journal, Spring 2004
  • Yes, the Education President City Journal, Summer 2004
  • The Ed Schools’ Latest—and Worst—Humbug City Journal, Summer 2006
  • Reorganizing the Reorganization City Journal, Summer 2006
  • This Bush Education Reform Really Works City Journal, Winter 2007
  • Save the Catholic Schools! City Journal, Spring 2007
  • Grading Mayoral Control City Journal, Summer 2007
  • School Choice Isn’t Enough City Journal, Winter 2008
  • A Marshall Plan for Reading City Journal, Summer 2008
  • Klein's Phony Phonics Fix New York Post, 01-24-04
  • Klein’s Figleaf New York Post, 01-12-04
  • $40 Million Goof New York Post, 10-20-03
  • One Enemy Is Inside the Tent New York Post, 09-02-03
  • NYC Schools: Aiming For Illiteracy New York Post, 04-04-03
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressor City Journal, Spring 2009
  • Mike & Randi Make a Good Deal; Schoolkids Get a Raw One New York Daily News, 06-25-09
  • E. D. Hirsch’s Curriculum for Democracy City Journal, Autumn 2009
  • Can New York Clean Up the Testing Mess? City Journal, Spring 2010
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressor National Review Online, 03-28-09
  • Do We Need a Basic Rewrite of No Child Left Behind? NewTalk, 07-05-08
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter City Journal, Spring 2011
  • A Brilliant Experiment In Reading: But Will New Schools Chancellor Fund Revolutionary Program? New York Daily News, 07-14-11
  • A Solution for Gotham’s Reading Woes City Journal, Summer 2011
  • The Excellence Gap City Journal, Autumn 2011
  • The Curriculum Reformation City Journal, Summer 2012
  • The Truth About Common Core National Review Online, 04-03-13
  • Common Core: Response to Joy Pullman National Review Online, 04-08-13
  • Conservatives and the Common Core Wall Street Journal, 05-14-13
  • Education Advice for the Next Mayor City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • Making Americans RealClearPolicy, 11-11-13
  • The Closing of Diane Ravitch’s Mind City Journal, Autumn 2013


  • School Discipline
  • Catholic-School Canard City Journal, Autumn 1996
  • Save the Catholic Schools! City Journal, Spring 2007
  • Mike & Randi Make a Good Deal; Schoolkids Get a Raw One New York Daily News, 06-25-09
  • Do We Need a Basic Rewrite of No Child Left Behind? NewTalk, 07-05-08
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter City Journal, Spring 2011


  • School Finance and Management
  • A School Reform Whose Time Has Come City Journal, Summer 1998
  • Crew Flunks Out City Journal, Winter 2000
  • Crew Mutinies City Journal, Spring 1999
  • How Businessmen Shouldn’t Help the Schools City Journal, Summer 1999
  • Let's Seize This Chance for School Reform City Journal, Spring 1995
  • The School Reform That Dares Not Speak Its Name City Journal, Winter 1996
  • Prophetic Minority? City Journal, Summer 1999
  • The Invisible Miracle of Catholic Schools City Journal, Summer 1996
  • The Schools That Vouchers Built City Journal, Winter 1999
  • Harold Levy’s Fuzzy Math City Journal, Summer 2001
  • Dems to Poor Kids: Get Lost City Journal, Spring 2001
  • The Education Mayor? City Journal, Spring 2002
  • Off Course City Journal, Spring 1996
  • Albany’s New Deck Chairs City Journal, Spring 1996
  • Who Should Run Gotham’s Schools? City Journal, 14 July 2002
  • An Epochal Victory for Kids City Journal, 28 June 2002
  • Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice Book, May 2003
  • The Vanishing Teacher and Other UFT Fictions City Journal, Spring 2000
  • A Fair Day’s Work? City Journal, Winter 2001
  • New York’s Fiscal Equity Follies City Journal, Spring 2004
  • Won’t Someone Stop This Tragedy? City Journal, 18 April 2006
  • Eliot Spitzer’s CFE Problem City Journal, Autumn 2006
  • Save the Catholic Schools! City Journal, Spring 2007
  • Grading Mayoral Control City Journal, Summer 2007
  • A Marshall Plan for Reading City Journal, Summer 2008
  • Lam Excuses New York Post, 08-22-03
  • Levy's Study Doesn't Add Up New York Daily News, 06-29-01
  • Memo to Levy: Money's No Cure-All New York Daily News, 04-16-00
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressor Washington Times, 04-27-09
  • Mike & Randi Make a Good Deal; Schoolkids Get a Raw One New York Daily News, 06-25-09
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter City Journal, Spring 2011
  • A Teachers’ Contract for a New Era City Journal, Special Issue 2009
  • Public School Children Cheated By Perverse Performance Pay Incentives The Daily Beast, 04-01-13
  • Education Advice for the Next Mayor City Journal, Special Issue 2013


  • School Vouchers
  • Falling Dominoes City Journal, Autumn 2000
  • The Invisible Miracle of Catholic Schools City Journal, Summer 1996
  • The Schools That Vouchers Built City Journal, Winter 1999
  • Albany’s New Deck Chairs City Journal, Spring 1996
  • An Epochal Victory for Kids City Journal, 28 June 2002
  • Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice Book, May 2003
  • What the Voucher Victory Means City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • Yes, the Education President City Journal, Summer 2004
  • Save the Catholic Schools! City Journal, Spring 2007
  • School Choice Isn’t Enough City Journal, Winter 2008
  • The Closing of Diane Ravitch’s Mind City Journal, Autumn 2013


  • Schools and Ethnicity
  • America’s Most Influential—and Wrongest—School Reformer City Journal, Winter 2000
  • Save the Catholic Schools! City Journal, Spring 2007
  • A Marshall Plan for Reading City Journal, Summer 2008
  • US English Tragedy New York Post, 07-14-08
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter City Journal, Spring 2011
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter To Inner-city Children San Francisco Examiner, 04-21-11
  • Public School Children Cheated By Perverse Performance Pay Incentives The Daily Beast, 04-01-13


  • Special Education
  • School Choice: The Last Civil Rights Battle City Journal, Winter 1998


  • Subsidized Housing
  • Eviction Notice City Journal, Summer 1996


  • Taxes and Budget
  • No to Sports Stadium Madness City Journal, Autumn 1998
  • In School Reform, Billions of Dollars � But Not Much Bang New York Daily News, 11-18-07


  • Teachers Unions
  • My Public School Lesson City Journal, Autumn 1997
  • School Choice: The Last Civil Rights Battle City Journal, Winter 1998
  • Crew Mutinies City Journal, Spring 1999
  • A Fair Day’s Work? City Journal, Winter 2001
  • How Teachers’ Unions Handcuff Schools City Journal, Spring 1997
  • Prophetic Minority? City Journal, Summer 1999
  • Squeezing Lemons City Journal, Autumn 1998
  • The Vanishing School Day City Journal, Autumn 1999
  • UFT Dress Code City Journal, Summer 1998
  • Harold Levy’s Fuzzy Math City Journal, Summer 2001
  • Off Course City Journal, Spring 1996
  • School Daze City Journal, Autumn 2002
  • The Vanishing Teacher and Other UFT Fictions City Journal, Spring 2000
  • Grading Mayoral Control City Journal, Summer 2007
  • A Quick Fix for Shortage of Teachers New York Daily News, 02-21-01
  • Give Teachers What They Merit New York Daily News, 12-31-00
  • What Do Our SchooIs Need? New York Post, 05-30-00
  • Mike & Randi Make a Good Deal; Schoolkids Get a Raw One New York Daily News, 06-25-09
  • Can New York Clean Up the Testing Mess? City Journal, Spring 2010
  • Education Advice for the Next Mayor City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • The Closing of Diane Ravitch’s Mind City Journal, Autumn 2013


  • Terrorism
  • Israel Without Apology City Journal, Summer 2003


  • Unions
  • Crew Mutinies City Journal, Spring 1999
  • How Teachers’ Unions Handcuff Schools City Journal, Spring 1997
  • UFT Dress Code City Journal, Summer 1998
  • The Vanishing Teacher and Other UFT Fictions City Journal, Spring 2000
  • ACORN’s Nutty Regime for Cities City Journal, Spring 2003
  • Wanted: A Real Education Mayor New York Daily News, 06-17-13


  • Urban Education
  • Grading Mayoral Control Townhall.com, 07-26-07
  • Bloomberg's Kids Just Aren't Learning: What the Grim NAEP Results Are Telling Us New York Daily News, 12-09-11
  • Wanted: A Real Education Mayor New York Daily News, 06-17-13


  • Urban Issues
  • Pulling A 'Fast' One New York Post, 10-01-07
  • Why Catholic Schools Matter To Inner-city Children San Francisco Examiner, 04-21-11


  • War on Terror
  • Israel Without Apology City Journal, Summer 2003
  • Showing the Flag Diarist, Autumn 2001


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