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(c. 1937- ) Born in Tel Aviv; family moved to New York City when he was three years old. Educated at Stuyvesant High School, City College, University of Iowa, and University of California-Berkeley. Worked as editor and staff writer for Ramparts (1966-72) and as a freelance writer, publishing in New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Village Voice, and elsewhere. From 1985 to 1994 served in the office of the city council president in New York as director of issues, press secretary, and senior policy adviser; also served as executive director of New York State Commission on juvenile justice reform (1994). Currently lives New York City, where he writes about education reform for New York Daily News, New York Post, Investor's Business Daily and other publications; since 1997 has been a contributing editor of City Journal.