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Short Synopsis
In this revealing and provocative 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.

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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 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 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.

"Klein presents an honest rundown of the challenges he faced and is very forthright in his portrayals of everyone involved in the process." ---Library Journal

"A skillful account of how Klein maneuvered between parent and teacher concerns and city politics to transform the city's education system." ---Kirkus

"An insightful memoir by a major figure in the public education reform movement." ---Booklist

Lessons of Hope

How to Fix Our Schools

Author Joel Klein

Narrated by Peter Berkrot

Publication date Jan 6, 2015

Running time 10 hrs

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