Norm Fruchter

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390 Norm Fruchter works on policy and special projects for the Institute’s Community Organizing and Engagement division, which he previously directed. He recently completed the film PARENT POWER, Education Organizing in New York City, 1995-2010.  Before coming to the Institute, he founded and directed New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy. Norm has served as a senior consultant with the Academy for Educational Development and Advocates for Children of New York; director of the Institute for Citizen Involvement in Education in New Jersey; co-founder and co-director of Independence High School in Newark, an alternative high school for dropouts; and, for ten years, an elected school board member in Brooklyn's District 15. He holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has published extensively in the field of education policy and equity; his most recent book, Urban Schools, Public Will: Making Education Work for All Our Children, was published by Teachers College Press in 2007. He has also written two novels and made several award-winning documentary films.  Norm was appointed to the New York City Panel for Educational Policy by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2013. He was one of five new appointees named to the board, which is responsible for approving all major policy changes and spending decisions at the Department of Education.


Recent Commentary

The Aftermath of the PS 2013 Campaign: Mayor de Blasio’s First Hundred Days 5/8/14

Districts Play a Critical Role in School Turnaround - But They Need to Do It Right 8/23/12

Alternatives Needed to New York City Department of Education School Closure Policy 4/26/12

In the News

AISR senior scholar Norm Fruchter quoted in New York Times article on NYC Mayor deBlasio and the Success Academy Charter Schools' expansion 6/15/14

Restoring Sanity to Student Promotion, Gotham Gazette 4/29/14

AISR's Norm Fruchter appointed to NYC Public Schools Panel for Educational Policy by Mayor Bill de Blasio 1/27/14

Pledging "real debate," de Blasio appoints five PEP members (NYC) 1/22/14

AISR's Norm Fruchter quoted in New York Times article on New York City school closures 1/7/13

The Annenberg Institute's Norm Fruchter Quoted in Education Week article; "School Shutdowns Trigger Growing Backlash." 10/16/12

AISR's Senior Scholar Norm Fruchter Quoted in New York Times article; "At Top School, Cheating Voids 70 Pupil's Tests" 7/9/12

AISR's Senior Scholar Norm Fruchter Quoted in Huffington Post article"NYC's School Closing Gambit Leaves Students Behind" 7/3/12

AISR's Senior Scholar Norm Fruchter Quoted in New York Times article; "Bill Is Passed to Make Kindergarten Mandatory for 5-Year-Olds" 6/22/12