CPE 1 and the Agonizing Death of Progressive Education

The ongoing fight over the future of Central Park East 1 elementary school is not something that we in the charter sector should ignore. The history of CPE 1 is a critical part of the longer, ongoing struggle for increased autonomy in public schools, and the lessons learned in its birth back in the 1970’s were carried by educational visionaries to the Itasca meeting in 1988 which led to the first charter law in Minnesota. One of those visionaries was Sy Fliegel, the president of CEI-PEA whose book, Miracle in East Harlem, should be required reading for everyone who cares about the history of public education in NYC. The book is a moving testament to the power of autonomy and the perseverance

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