David Ruenzel

David Ruenzel
Education Journalist and Contributing Writer,
Education Week and Teacher Magazine

David Ruenzel was an education journalist and teacher who spurred both national debate and reform and who challenged convention. He began his career as an English teacher at Park-Tudor School in Indianapolis and as an advertising copywriter in Milwaukee. After serving as the English Department chair at the University Lake School, he spent 10 years as features writer for Teacher Magazine, where he was a National Magazine Awards finalist for excellence in public affairs reporting. He taught journalism, literature and writing at The Athenian School in Danville, and most recently was a member of "The Cadre of Writers" team at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A published author and poet, Ruenzel also led the adult education program at his church.

updated 2000

Publications by David Ruenzel
Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities for Improvement
Accountability for student performance is on the minds of everyone in U.S. education—from policymakers to district administrators to principals. While the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) has claimed center stage in the national…
Are the Reform Pieces Fitting Together?
"Crucial Issues in California Education 2000" is a successor to "Conditions of Education," a PACE publication since 1984. Conditions combined up-to-date data and ongoing trends in a wide variety of indicators relevant to state education policy. In…
California's School Voucher Initiative—Proposition 38
California voters will decide whether to create a voucher program in which all families with school-age children could participate. If Proposition 38 is approved, parents could obtain a chit from the state worth $4,000 and move their child from…