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Joel Klein, JD Biography

Former Chancellor of New York City's Department of Education and current CEO of News Corporation's Amplify educational tablet
Pro to the question "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?"

“We must use technology to empower teachers and improve the way students learn. At its best, education technology will change the face of education by helping teachers manage the classroom and personalize instruction… If you have a tablet-based approach, you can get a whole lot smarter a whole lot quicker. Tablets come chock full of things that are all about education so the teachers can personalize the learning experience… A kid can get feedback about what skills she’s mastered and what skills she hasn’t… Tablets are in classrooms across the country now, and the excitement of the teachers and students is something to behold… I think that tablets are helping the teachers. This is a way for a teacher to prepare her lesson and share it with other teachers to get feedback. I think this is an initiative where we don’t need to butt heads and we can all join together, work together, and do what’s right for teachers and what’s right for kids.”

Interview with Fox 5 New York,, Mar. 12, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Vice President, Board Member, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Education Division, News Corporation, Jan. 3, 2011-present
  • Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on US Education Reform and National Security, Apr. 2011-Mar. 2012
  • New York City Schools Chancellor, Aug. 19, 2002-Jan. 1, 2011
  • Co-Founder and former Co-Chair, Education Equality Project
  • Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann, Inc., Jan. 2001-July 2002
  • Chief US Liaison Officer to Bertelsmann AG, Jan. 2001-July 2002
  • Former United States Assistant Attorney General, July 17, 1997-2001
  • Acting Assistant Attorney General, Oct. 18, 1996-July 17, 1997
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, 1995-1996
  • Deputy White House Counsel under President Bill Clinton, 1993-1995
  • Member of legal team, Mental Health Law Project, 1975
  • Clerk, US Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, 1974-1975
  • Clerk, Chief Judge David Bazelon, United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, 1973-1974
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1971
  • Attended New York University’s School of Education, 1969
  • BA, magna cum laude, Columbia University, 1967
  • Former Partner, Onek, Klein & Farr
  • Former Partner and Associate, Rogovin, Stern & Huge
  • Former partner, Klein, Farr, Smith & Taranto
  • Former Chairman, Green Door (Washington, DC-based mental health program)
  • Former treasurer, World Federation for Mental Health
  • Winner, volunteer recognition award, National Association of Attorneys General
  • Has argued 11 cases before the US Supreme Court
  • Has a daughter, Julia, and stepdaughter, Harriet
  • Married to Nicole Seligman (second marriage)
  • Legal name is Joel Irwin Klein
  • Born in New York, NY on Oct. 25, 1946
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?