One of New Yorkâ€™s â€˜Most Knowledgeable Expertsâ€™: Professor David Bloomfield Named to â€˜Education Power 100â€™ for the Second Straight Year
The publication City & State again named Bloomfield to its elite list of legislators, school officials, advocates, union leaders, and policymakers, noting his expertise on pressing issues.
Calling him one of New Yorkâ€™s â€œmost knowledgeable expertsâ€ in education, City & State named Professor David Bloomfield (GC/Brooklyn; Urban Education/Education Leadership, Law & Policy) to its Education Power 100 for the second year in a row. He joins New York City and state legislators, school officials, education advocates, union leaders, and policymakers focused on making certain that â€œNew Yorkâ€™s students get a top-notch education â€” pandemic or no.â€
In naming him, City & State cited Bloomfieldâ€™s ability â€œto make sense of New Yorkâ€™s latest education fight or sort through confusing education statistics.â€ The publication noted the importance of Bloomfieldâ€™s expertise this year on issues includingÂ â€œthe need to vaccinate more teachers for COVID-19, fuzzy numbers showing increased college readiness in New York City despite the pandemic, and how to address mayoral control.â€
Bloomfield specializes in education law, school district management, school reform, and legislative matters. His expertise is sought widely,Â and he is a regular contributor to The Daily BeastÂ as well as The New York Times, Politico, CNN, and other print, broadcast, and digital media.
The Graduate Center asked him about this latest accolade and what makes him so passionate about education policy.
Graduate Center: How does it feel to make City & State's Education Power 100 list for the second consecutive year?
Bloomfield: I was surprised the first time. Iâ€™m not an institutional leader, just someone with a keyboard and a phone. I had no expectation of repeating so itâ€™s again very surprising and gratifying.
GC: You're clearly passionate about education policy in New York. What do you find so fascinating about it and what do you hope is the impact of your work and commentary?
Bloomfield: Local government is closest to students; itâ€™s not just about money and broad policies, but practices carried out by identifiable individuals. The confluence of education leadership, policy, and legal authority at the local level is endlessly interesting and important, especially here, my home and the largest district in the U.S. by far.
GC: Any advice for others looking to influence New Yorkâ€™s education policy?
Bloomfield: Iâ€™m always perplexed by the platform Iâ€™ve been given. Staying informed, analyzing the facts, and thinking about how best to communicate with the public are skills readily available to everyone.
GC: Is there anything else you'd like to add?Â
Bloomfield: The Graduate Center has been spectacular in providing me with an academic home. Urban Education faculty and students are so smart and engaged! Communications personnel have been so supportive even when what I say is controversial. Making the City & State list twice is testament to that support, and I couldnâ€™t be more grateful.