Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is Washington State Still Waiting for Superman?

Seattle, WA - The highly anticipated documentary Waiting for Superman will be released in selected theaters across the country on September 24, and will open in Seattle on Friday, October 1. Featured this week on Oprah and on the cover of Time Magazine, this movie by director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) takes a close look at public education through the lives of five children and their families across the country.

The movie is already sparking conversation and debate about what it takes to educate all of America's children. It features interviews with leading education thinkers, including:

  • Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone
  • Michelle Rhee, Superintendent, Washington, DC
  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers Union

The documentary cites national statistics and other states' statistics, but it may leave Washington viewers wondering, "How does our state stack up?" The University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education has prepared a short guide that presents important facts about the state of education in Washington, as well as ideas for what parents and communities can do to get involved.

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