This is the story of Michael Feinberg and Dave Levin, two Ivy league graduates who signed up for Teach for America in 1990, failed miserably in their first months in the classroom, and then began a program of bringing to their desperately poor students discipline and enthusiasm, long school days, Saturday and summer school and rewards based on achievement. Nearly two decades later the KIPP –“Knowledge Is Power Program– charter school effort they began in Houston and the Bronx has spread to 66 schools in 19 states enrolling 14,000 students. . . . With every new success, KIPP proves again that many hundreds of thousands of kids who are warehoused in failing schools are perfectly capable of achieving in middle school, succeeding in high school, and graduating from college.
A perfect companion book: Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea and the Charter School That Beat the Odds.