I wanted to alert you to this weekend's episode of NOW on PBS this
Friday night looking squarely at public education reform. The big
question: How is Secretary of Education Arne Duncan going to spend $100
billion in stimulus money - almost twice the education budget -- to fix
our nation's schools?
During his seven years running Chicago's public schools, Duncan went
head to head with the teacher's union and skeptical parents by closing
down low-performing schools, getting rid of all the teachers,
principals, even the janitors, and reopening them with new staffs as
"turnaround schools." It's a drastic step, but the results have been
promising. On Friday, May 1 at 8:30 pm (check local listings), NOW
travels to Chicago to investigate the collateral damage of a
top-to-bottom school makeover, and to get a glimpse of what the future
of education might look like for the rest of the country.
"We have to be willing to experience a little bit of pain and
discomfort, but our children desperately need it and deserve it,"
Secretary Duncan tells NOW. "Just as we have to do it, unions have to
change, principals have to change, teachers have to change, parents have
to step up... business as usual is not going to get us there."
Do we need to gut our public schools in order to save them?
The NOW on PBS website at www.pbs.org/now will feature this video online
immediately following broadcast. It will also feature a head-to-head
"issue clash" on the contentious subject of merit pay.
I think this focus will be of great interest to your readers and
audience, so please consider posting and placement in your newsletters,
blogs, tweets, and other communication avenues.
Thank you for your attention and consideration,
Director of New Media
NOW on PBS
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
NOW on PBS
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