In this superb article in the New York Times, David Kirp shows how the public schools of Union City, New Jersey,succeeded despite all the obstacles of poverty.

The article summarizes his fine book “Improbable Scholars.”

Union City created excellent schools without charters and without Teach for America. And without Cory Booker or Mark Zuckerberg.

Let’s celebrate the good work of the teachers and principals of Union City!