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Author Bio

Diane Ravitch is a research professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and holds the Brown Chair in Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. She served as Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education from 1991 to 1993. She is the author of The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn, Kid Stuff: Marketing Sex and Violence to America's Children, and City Schools: Lessons from New York. Maris A. Vinovskis is the University of Michigan Bentley Professor of History, ISR Research Professor, and Professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He is the author of From A Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind: National Education Goals and the Creation of Federal Education Policy and The Birth of Head Start: Preschool Education Policies in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.