Hechinger1996-1998

Teachers College is rated #1 graduate school of education in U.S. News and World Report. TC holds the #1 slot for three-years in a row.

Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media is established at TC. The goal of the institute - named in memory of Fred M. Hechinger, former education editor of The New York Times and Teachers College Trustee - is to improve the coverage of education in the media by helping journalists to understand the intricacies of educational policy and school leaders to comprehend the pressures of media deadlines. Gene Maeroff, who was a national education correspondent for The New York Times, was named the Institute's first director.

The Heritage School opens its doors as a laboratory school, in conjunction with the NYC Board of Education, that integrates the arts into all subjects. The high school, in East Harlem, starts out with only ninth grade students.