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Getting to Bartlett Street is the inspiring story of Joe and Carol Reich—heroes in the education reform movement—how they built a school, changed the lives of many children, and helped redefine the system in the process.
Joe and Carol Reich have spent the past three decades and a personal fortune to help underprivileged children access the same kind of high quality education that wealthier Americans enjoy. Yet few people even know who they are. In Getting to Bartlett Street, for the first time, Joe and Carol Reich tell the true story of how they started one of the first charter schools in the country in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Since the Reiches began their work, the charter movement has spread across the country like wildfire, offering children a way out of failing schools managed by byzantine bureaucracies through privately managed public schools accessible to all through a simple lottery. But when they first conceived of their school, Beginning With Children, no one had ever started an independent public school anywhere in the country.
Getting to Bartlett Street is a tale that will astound and inspire supporters of education reform everywhere.
Joe Reich and Carol Reich are the co-founders of the Beginning with Children Foundation which opened the first charter-like school in New York City in 1992. Joe Reich also founded Reich & Tang, a leading investment firm, in 1970. Carol Reich is the former president of the Lexington Center (formerly the Lexington School for the Deaf).
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Joe and Carol Reich are the co-founders of the Beginning with Children Foundation which opened the first charter-like school in New York City in 1992. Joe Reich also founded Reich & Tang, Inc., a leading investment firm in 1970. Carol Reich is the former President of the Lexington Center (formerly, the Lexington School for the Deaf).Review:
"If you have any doubt that an individual can change the world for the better, read this book."
- Joel Klein, former School Chancellor of New York City
"Getting to Bartlett Street is the inspiring story of a visionary couple who fought with grit and determination to ensure that families in New York's low-income communities can provide the education they want for their kids."
- Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive officer of Teach for America
In creating Beginning with Children School, Joe and Carol Reich created a new model school six years before charter legislation passed in New York. Many of the innovations in their groundbreaking work influenced charter school legislation in NY State and throughout the country. All those who succeeded them owe the Reichs a debt of gratitude.
- Jim Hunt, former 4-term Governor of North Carolina
"This is an inspiring and eye-opening book by two pioneers in the education reform movement that will make you believe in the goodness of people and the power of the human spirit."
- Eugene Lang, founder of "I Have A Dream" Foundation
So much of our reform agenda has begun with the work that Carol and Joe pioneered.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
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