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Joel Klein, JD Biography

Former New York City School Chancellor
Con to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"

“Once teachers get tenure – which typically happens at the end of three years – they basically have their jobs for life. Last year, only 10 in 55,000 tenured New York City teachers were fired for poor performance. Protecting grownups rather than making sure students can read and do math is how our country has gotten into the educational mess it’s in today. It’s the reason we have shameful racial achievement gaps separating our white and Asian students from our African-American and Latino students. It’s the reason too many of our kids are dropping out of school. It’s the reason our kids are lagging further and further behind their international peers.”

“Michelle Rhee Threatens End-Run Around Teachers’ Union,”, Mar. 2, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former New York City School Chancellor, Aug. 19, 2002-Jan. 1, 2011
  • CEO, Educational Division at News Corporation, Jan. 3, 2011-present
  • Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, Inc., Jan. 2001-July 2002
  • Chief US Liaison Officer to Bertelsmann AG, Jan. 2001-July 2002
  • Former United States Assistant Attorney General, July 17, 1997-2001
  • Acting Assistant Attorney General, Oct. 18, 1996-July 17, 1997
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, 1995-1996
  • Deputy White House Council under President Bill Clinton, 1993-1995
  • Former Partner, Onek, Klein & Farr
  • Associate and Partner, Rogovin, Stern & Huge, 1976-1981
  • Legal Team, Mental Health Law Project, 1975
  • Clerk, US Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, 1974-1975
  • Clerk, Chief Judge David Bazelon, United States Court of Appeals for the DC
    Circuit, 1973-1974

  • Has argued 10 cases before the US Supreme Court
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1971
  • Studied at New York University’s School of Education, 1969
  • BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University, 1967
  • Born Oct. 25, 1946
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?