Across the country, education reform is drawing big ideas and big bucks from some big names.
Software maker-turned-philanthropist Bill Gates has invested $100 million into Hillsborough County schools through his foundation. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is helping Newark pay teachers for student performance. And Florida’s own former governor, Jeb Bush, is exporting policy pioneered here to other states.
But in a living room in Southwest Miami, teachers are coming up with their own ideas to fix schools in a low-key, low-cost way: a monthly book club, filled with nuanced discussion and passion. The members are retired instructors, current teachers, educators in administration, private school, charters, preschool and nonprofits. (Like many book clubs, the members rotate in and out, though a core cluster keeps showing up, book in hand.)