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January 26, 2021
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Diane Ravitch Speaks Tonight

By Lisa M. Collins

The renowned author and education expert, Diane Ravitch, will be appearing at a free speaking event tonight at PS 29 elementary school on Henry Street between Kane and Baltic.

Ravitch is the first in the school’s new speaker series. She’ll be discussing the state of education reforms in New York City, and will answer questions about her new book, which takes a hard look at testing and the charter school boom.

The PS 29 lecture series was organized by a group of parents, who are bringing nationally-renowned authors to the school to speak on the many changes and complexities of today’s educational system.

Ravitch, a Phd, is the author of ten books on education, including her latest bestseller, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Ravitch was instrumental in leading the federal effort under first President George Bush to promote national academic standards.

The second speaker of the series will be Peg Tyre, author of The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve (Henry Holt, 2011). Currently a fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she teaches writing about education, Tyre offers both practical advice and insight to cutting edge research on what works best in education. She is also the author of the NYTimes bestseller, The Trouble With Boys.

Future scheduled speakers include Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. Tough’s appearance will coincide with publication of his new book on teaching character.

Peg Tyre: March 7, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Paul Tough: September 2012

All lectures are free and open to the general public. All events will take place at the P.S. 29 auditorium at 425 Henry Street. Childcare provided for PS 29 families. Discounted copies of books will be able for purchase through the office of P.S. 29 Parent Coordinator. Further questions, please contact Lesley Alderman ( or Rebecca Johnson (

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