Conversations of Consequence: Educational Policy and Practice

Recently, the 2017 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings were released. This list outlines the “200 university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to influence educational policy and practice.” Many on this list have another thing in common – they’ve spoken at The City Club of Cleveland.

Our mission is to bring you conversations of consequence that help democracy thrive. We’re proud to have featured these prestigious educational policy leaders on our stage and encourage you to listen to their perspectives on everything from charter schools to voucher programs to global education.


“We have to have schools that can prepare virtually everyone for what we want to prepare only a very few.”

Linda Darling-Hammond, Ph.D., Stanford University, in January 2013. RSHU Ranking: 1


“Closing schools is not a reform. If there’s too much crime, we don’t close police stations.”

Diane Ravitch, Ph.D., New York University, in February, 2012. RHSU Ranking: 2


“The hope for education lies in the local community, not in Washington or state capitals.”

Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D., New York University, in January, 2014. RHSU Ranking: 7 


“Education is the growth of human beings. It’s not the acquisition of knowledge or skills.”

Yong Zhao, Ph.D., University of Kansas, in December, 2016. RSHU Ranking: 16


“Never stop teaching. Every minute counts.”

Andy Hargreaves, Ph.D., Boston College, in February, 2017. RHSU Ranking: 30


“More than half of all states have some sort of voucher program in place.”

David Figlio, Ph.D., Northwestern University, in July, 2016. RHSU Ranking: 45


“Five percent of the American school population (K-12) is educated in charter schools.”

Margaret “Macke” Raymond, CREDO at Stanford, in December, 2014. RHSU Ranking: 178

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