Public Papers

Nomination of Diane S. Ravitch To Be an Assistant Secretary of Education


The President today announced his intention to nominate Diane S. Ravitch, of New York, to be Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement at the Department of Education. She would succeed Christopher T. Cross.

Since 1975 Dr. Ravitch has served as an adjunct professor of history and education for Teachers College at Columbia University. She is one of the Nation's foremost scholars on education. Prior to this Dr. Ravitch was a part-time writer and a full-time mother. Dr. Ravitch serves as an elected member of the National Academy of Education, which is the Nation's leading honorary organization of education scholars, 1979-present; an elected member of the Society of American Historians, 1984-present; and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1980-present. She is the author of 11 books and nearly 200 articles on education.

Dr. Ravitch graduated from Wellesley College (B.A., 1960) and Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Ph.D., 1975). She was born July 1, 1938, in Houston, TX. Dr. Ravitch has two children and resides in Brooklyn, NY.