The Educating Society: A Manifesto for State Action

October 6, 2012



“Mixed Marks: Walcott’s Soldiering On, But Blazing No Trails, Critics Say” NY Daily News, April 5, 2012, pp. 8 – 9

April 14, 2012

C+ “It seems to me that the department has largely been treading water”

Walcott Grade – NY Daily News – 4-5-12 p. 8

Setback for Union Turns Into a Rallying Cry @NYT

February 27, 2012

With Release of Teacher Data, Setback for Union Turns Into a Rallying Cry

Published: February 26, 2012

“There’s brinkmanship from all sides, but from a political standpoint, Mulgrew is certainly the strongman, even if, from a legal standpoint, it’s City Hall that has the upper hand,” said David C. Bloomfield, a professor of education at Brooklyn College.

Increasing Grad Rates Quickly, Cheaply and For Real

February 16, 2012

A relatively quick, cheap, and instructionally legitimate change to state law could raise graduation rates without lowering standards

Muted response to Regents’ call for credit recovery comments –

February 11, 2012

“Allowing credit recovery to address deficiencies piecemeal is an adult-created shortcut which is a disservice to struggling students.”

Credit Recovery Testimony

February 9, 2012

Testimony of David C. Bloomfield

Regents Town Hall Hearing on Credit Recovery

February 8, 2012


Honorable Members of the Board of Regents, Commissioner King, guests:  My name is David Bloomfield.  I am Chair of the Department of Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education at Brooklyn College and serve on the Urban Education doctoral faculty at The City University of New York Graduate Center.  Previously, I was an elected member and President of the Citywide Counsel on High Schools, a parent advisory body to the New York City Department of Education.  I speak today as a private citizen.


In prior work (, I have called the systematized use of credit recovery under Commissioner’s Regulation § 100.5(d)(8) a “Race to the Bottom” since it may be the single most destructive element in New York high school graduates’ widespread lack of college and career readiness.  The Regents rule on credit recovery subverts students’ need for subject mastery and inflates meritless graduation data paraded before the public.


In the short time allotted to me, I want to focus on a particularly egregious element of the Regents rule, that contained in § 100.5(d)(8)(ii) and (iv), which allows the credit recovery program to ignore the full breadth of the failed course and to simply focus on “intensive instruction in the [student’s] deficiency areas,” at (8)(iv).  This loophole within the overall regulatory loophole ignores the reality of course failure.  A student who fails one or more unit exams can still pass a course if they pass other exams and assignments. 


Course failure results from ignorance of basic subject concepts, the whole not the parts.  Allowing credit recovery programs to address deficiencies piecemeal is an adult-created shortcut which is a disservice to struggling students.  In general, this is true of the rest of the process, especially the misuse of online programs encouraged by that most notorious part of § 100.5(d)(8)(iv) optimistically called “digital learning”.  If credit recovery is to exist, and I believe it has its place, the subject should be mastered holistically, such as through summer or night classes, not using a fig leaf to cover administrative embarrassment.          


Thank you again for your time.  It is imperative that the Regents withdraw this damaging, fundamentally flawed credit recovery regulation, and, if necessary, start anew.


Contact: David C. Bloomfield, 718-877-6353,

No Child Left Behind podcast

January 2, 2012

NCLB Podcast @Education Law Association

Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Kansas City Schools | KCUR Public Radio

December 13, 2011

Brooklyn College education professor David Bloomfield says there’s no undisputed data on the success of mayoral control. “Mayoral control isn’t a panacea,” Bloomfield said. “Local people should depend on local circumstances for their decision.”

Sunday Schools: After “Household of Faith v. Board” @

December 6, 2011

By refusing the church’s latest appeal in Bronx Household of Faith v. New York City Board of Education, 11-386, the United States Supreme Court today gave a final judicial green light to the Department of Education’s controversial ban on renting schools for religious services.

While only persuasive nationally, the now-final Second Circuit ruling settles matters for multiple states within this judicial circuit (New York, Vermont, and Connecticut) but only affects those districts that want to start prohibiting services (probably few, but includes New York City).

Haven’t we been here before? In 1998, the high court declined review of a similar Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. And, despite these decisions and others along the way, since 2002 Bronx Household of Faith has been holding services in P.S. 15 in the Bronx. The DOE estimates that dozens of churches now rent space for Sunday services, despite courts approving Chancellor’s Regulation D-180, Section 1(Q), prohibiting the practice. Can this really be the end?

Continued at

American Public Education Law, 2nd Edition

December 2, 2011

Proud & Grateful: American Public Education Law, 2nd Edition just released! and