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Talk focuses on NYC school reform, Nov. 14

Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, will discuss efforts to reform the country's largest public school system in a lecture scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Klein will speak alongside Eric Nadelstern, chief executive officer of the city's Empowerment Schools initiative, an effort launched by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to give hundreds of New York City schools more direct control over hiring, curriculum, budgets and other key functions if they meet certain performance standards.

The talk is titled "A Daring Reform: Turning Around New York City's Public Schools."

Klein, who was appointed chancellor in 2002, oversees a system of more than 1,450 schools with some 1.1 million students. He has led an extensive reform program, called "Children First," which includes the Empowerment Schools initiative as well as an array of academic support services for struggling students.

Nadelstern was the founding principal of the International High School at LaGuardia Community College and created an innovative public secondary school for English-language learners that has been widely replicated throughout the city and around the country.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Program in Teacher Preparation and the Education Research Section.

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