In 2002, New York City’s newly elected mayor, Michael Bloomberg, made a
historic announcement: his administration had won control of the city’s
school system in a first step toward reversing its precipitous decline.
In a controversial move, he appointed Joel Klein, an accomplished lawyer
from outside the education establishment, to lead this ambitious
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 a status quo that didn’t work for
kids. Klein’s initiatives resulted in more school choice, higher
graduation rates, and improved test scores. The New York City model is
now seen as a national standard for meaningful school reform. But the
journey was not easy. Klein faced resistance and conflict at every turn. Download and start listening now!