Not even those feisty unions could stop Mr. Klein as he called adamantly for the proliferation of charter schools and teacher accountability. The latter was one of Mr. Klein’s most notable tenets—the notion that a child’s success, regardless of ethnicity, gender or socio-economic status, is entirely dependent on the strength of his or her teacher. Mr. Klein’s determination helped improve the overall quality of New York’s school system, and spread the progressive idea that all students, rich and poor, were equally capable of achieving academic success.
In his current position as executive vice president for News Corporation, Mr. Klein is one of the most well-respected figures among New York’s influential class—some people even wished he would run for mayor! Though no longer chancellor, Mr. Klein continues to use his considerable power for good, taking advantage of his position to disseminate his progressive ideas for education reform.
What will New York’s education system look like 20 years from now? It’s probably up to Mr. Klein.