Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools

Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools

by Joel Klein


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Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools by Joel Klein

In this revealing and thoughtful memoir, the former chancellor of the New York City schools offers the behind-the-scenes story of the city’s dramatic campaign to improve public education and an inspiring blueprint for national reform.

In 2002, New York City’s newly elected mayor, Michael Bloomberg, began his first term with a controversial announcement: his administration had won control of the city’s school system in a first step toward reversing its precipitous decline. Joel Klein, an accomplished lawyer completely outside of the education establishment, was selected to lead this ambitious, unprecedented campaign.

Lessons of Hope is Klein’s inside account of his eight-year mission of improvement: demanding accountability; eliminating political favoritism; and battling a powerful teachers’ union that seemed determined to protect the worst in its ranks. Klein’s initiative resulted in more school choice, higher graduation rates, and improved test scores. The New York City model is now seen as a national blueprint for meaningful school reform. But the journey was not easy. Klein faced resistance and conflict at every turn.

Lessons of Hope serves as a guide to the problems plaguing public education and how they can be solved. At its core lies Klein’s personal story: his humble upbringing in Brooklyn and Queens and the essential role that outstanding public school teachers played in nurturing his success. Provocative and illuminating, Lessons of Hope is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of American public education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062268648
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Joel Klein served as chancellor of the New York City Department of Education from 2002 to 2011. He currently serves as executive vice president at News Corporation and CEO of its education division, Amplify. He was also deputy White House counsel during the Clinton administration and CEO of the U.S. arm of Bertelsmann. Joel lives in New York City with his wife, Nicole Seligman.

A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot's career spans four decades, and his voice can be heard on television, radio, video games, and documentaries. He has been nominated for an Audie Award and has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and starred reviews.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Before 1

2 Everybody Deserves a Good Education 15

3 No One Knows Anything 33

4 A System of Great Schools 49

5 Children First 77

6 Dollars and Sense 95

7 The Zombie Bureaucracy 119

8 A Deal Worth Fighting For 149

9 Making Leaders 167

10 Overcoming the Fear Factor 189

11 Relentless 215

12 Change That Endures 245

13 Choosing Hope 267

Postscript 285

Acknowledgments 291

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