America’s Best Leaders, and their advice to Obama on Education

Mike Feinberg & Dave Levin are the founders of KIPP Charters. KIPP disproves virtually every lie told to you by Teacher’s Unions, but that’s not the point of this post.

And yet, like most idealistic teachers, Levin and Feinberg remained frustrated by institutional barriers. They could get superior results, they knew, only if they had the freedom to teach the way they wanted and considerably more time on task. So one night in 1993, while listening to U2′s Achtung Baby on repeat play, they brainstormed until dawn and arrived at a plan for a fifth grade that embodied their belief in high standards, hard work, and a focus on results. Today, KIPP boasts 44 middle schools, two high schools, and one prekindergarten from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. And the results are raising eyebrows throughout the educational world. KIPP students consistently outperform their counterparts in traditional public schools on standardized tests, and more than 80 percent of KIPP students from the classes of 2004 and 2005 are enrolled in four-year colleges.

You can find out more here.

These guys have done so well that they are now recognized as leaders in education.

America’s Best Leaders: Mike Feinberg & David Levin, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)

Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin are cofounders of the Knowledge Is Power Program, a network of high-achieving, publicly financed but independently run charter schools that serves mostly low-income minority children in 19 states and Washington, D.C. The following are excerpts of conversations with U.S. News’s Eddy Ramírez.

Now, here is the advice these two educational entreprenuers are giving to Obama.

What ‘Yes, We Can’ Should Mean for Our Schools

· Fourth, we should assess teachers on their demonstrated impact on student learning, not whether they hold a traditional teacher certifications. At KIPP, we have the ability to hire, fire and reward principals and teachers based on their students’ progress and achievement. If we are going to hold all public schools accountable for their results — and we should — we need to grant this same power to all public schools. Otherwise, public schools will not meet the goal of providing a world-class education to every child.

Who stands in the way of such rational policy? Teachers’ Unions, that’s who. By standing in the way of the creation of more charter schools and protecting their corrupt industry, teacher’s unions are engaged in evil. Deal with it