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Filmography - Education: Public school reform

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of March 2011

K-12 Public school reform

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of March 2011.

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Charter Schools That Work. 2000. (57 min.). Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page hosts this in-depth look at a grassroots revolution in American education: charter schools. Reasons for the movement's emergence, as well as different philosophies and methodologies, are seen in visits to several charter schools, including North Star Academy in Newark, KIPP Academy in Houston, and the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Los Angeles. The video offers interviews with a wide array of teachers, administrators, parents, and students, as well as commentary from leading education experts, including Sandra Feldman, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Dr. Bruno Manno, co-author of Charter Schools in Action. Streaming video

The lottery. 2010. 1 videodisc (80 min.). Four children enter a high-stakes lottery. If they win, they can attend one of the best schools in New York. A look at the crisis in public education, The Lottery makes the case than any child can succeed.  HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 7939

The Right Choice? Charter Schools and Voucher Systems. 2000. (30 min.). In theory, America's public schools provide an equal-opportunity education for children of all walks of life. Unfortunately, in practice it does not always work out that way. For many families, charter schools and voucher systems are providing what they feel are the keys to better education. This program looks at these alternatives at the Countryside Charter School and elsewhere, demonstrating how they allow concerned parents the option to bypass public schools in favor of institutions with stronger programs and better reputations. Streaming video

Waiting for Superman. 2011. 1 videodisc (103 min.). Provided is an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States. This documentary has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change through the compelling stories of five unforgettable students such as Emily, a Silicon Valley eighth-grader who is afraid of being labeled as unfit for college, and Francisco, a Bronx first-grader whose mom will do anything to give him a shot at a better life. Included are featurettes, and commentary. DVD 8017