by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
“The front page of the metro section of The New York Times in 1997 featured Donald Trump’s visit as a PFAD [Principal for a Day] to a Bronx middle school. While there, Trump offered to buy the students sneakers, and one young man asked him why he wouldn’t offer scholarship money instead. This article precipitated a wave of publicity about the merits of private-sector involvement in New York City public schools and concern about the apparent noblesse oblige demonstrated by those involved in PENCIL’S [Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning] programs.” (p. 30)
– Lisa Belzberg, “PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning): A Case Study of Civic Involvement In New York City, 1995-2005,” Dissertation, New York University, 2006.