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Addressing the Recent Challenges to Charter Schools

featuring Kristen Kane, CEO of the Office of New Schools and Joe Feldman, Director of Assessment and Accountability for the Office of New Schools, New York City Department of Education

About the Issue
The recent study of charter school effectiveness and the impassioned response by researchers and educators have raised awareness and interest about charter schools and their effectiveness.  New York City Chancellor Joel Klein maintains that charter schools are  a crucial element of his Children First initiative to reform public education in the city.  The theory behind charter schools is that they allow school professionals the freedom to make responsible choices, enable us to hold these professionals accountable for their students' results and ultimately lead to a refashioning of the traditional paradigm of how schools function.  Although charter schools enroll fewer than 1% of New York City 's public school students, they are both a lightening rod and a rallying point for teachers, politicians, and parents of all philosophical stripes.  In this session, Kristen and Joe talked about how charters work and why the DOE believes charters have become so important to the future of New York City public schoolchildren.

About the Speakers
Kristen Kane, Chief Executive of the Office of New Schools , is responsible for the implementation of the Chancellor's new school strategy.  Prior to joining the NYC Department of Education, she worked with New Schools Venture Fund developing an operating plan and investment strategy for the Charter Accelerator Fund.  Before that she was an equity research analyst at JPMorgan responsible for the coverage of the K-12 education sector.  She received her undergraduate degree at Yale and her M.B.A. from Stanford.

Joe Feldman, Director of Assessment and Accountability for the Office of New Schools , manages the oversight and evaluation of Chancellor-authorized charter schools.  He was the founding principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington D.C. , and before that was an assistant principal in New York City and a social studies teacher in Atlanta .  He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford and an Ed.M from Harvard.