Last updated on: 8/29/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Bruce H. Lederman, JD Biography

Title:
Partner at D'Agostino, Levine, Landesman & Lederman, LLP
Position:
Con to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"
Reasoning:

“[I]t’s worth pausing and considering why political obsession with computerized teacher ratings based upon student [standardized test] scores is bad policy and bad for students…

Issues influencing how children score on a single test on a single day are so complicated that undue and inflexible reliance upon growth scores does a real disservice to our children…

The success of the opt-out movement in New York and elsewhere demonstrates that parents are realizing that increased reliance on testing for the purpose of rating and firing teachers is bad for children. Anxiety over testing is replacing love of learning. The opt-out movement is growing because the goal of good educational practices is being abandoned by politicians in favor of a witch hunt to find and fire allegedly bad teachers.”

“A Misguided Obsession with Computerized Teacher Evaluations,” newsobserver.com, Apr. 15, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Partner, D’Agostino, Levine, Landesman & Lederman, LLP, Jan. 2010-present
  • Associate, Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol law firm, 1988-1992
  • Associate, Demov Morris & Hammerling law firm, 1983-1987
Education:
  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1984
  • BSE, cum laude, Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • BA, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1981
Contact Info:
Phone
212-564-9800
Email
blederman@dagll.com
Website
LinkedIn profile
Other:
  • Works in commercial and real estate litigation
  • Submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States representing public school teachers in the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?