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New School Order

Captures the dilemma of young families moving to suburban communities facing hostile confrontations with fiscally and socially conservative school boards in the battle over who should control schools and children's education. Documents the nine-month ordeal in the North Penn School District near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in which the Taxpayer's Association and Christian conservatives joined to create a powerful voting block, pitting conservatives against liberals and religious leaders against one another.
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Teachers and Politics: A Strategy for Modern Education

Ms. Futrell, former president of the National Education Association, discusses (1) education and politics, (2) the educational situation in the United States at all levels of education, and (3) the role of teachers and educational administrators politically in education today. A question and answer session follows her talk.
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Crafting of America's Schools [electronic resource]

The call for national standards and tests created a major debate in our country over who should be setting the educational agenda and what should be taught in our nation's schools. Join Ted Sizer and members of the Coalition of Essential Schools as they outline a process to help communities take local responsibility for their schools. Viewers will go inside Noble High School, Berwick, ME; O'Farrell Community School, San Diego, CA; and Fenway Middle College High School, Boston, MA. Learn about the concept of localism from Ted Sizer, the founder of the Coalition of Essential schools. Understand the need for each school to reflect its own community in their quest for excellence. Hear compelling arguments about increasing quality through local design which puts the decisions for educatio [...]
2014; 1997

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Public Schools for Sale?

Education historian Diane Ravitch says the privatization of public education has to stop. As assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, she was an advocate of school choice and charter schools; under George W. Bush, she supported the No Child Left Behind initiative. But after careful investigation, she changed her mind, and has become, according to Salon, "the nation's highest profile opponent" of charter-based education. On this week's Moyers & Company, she tells Bill Moyers, "I think what's at stake is the future of American public education. I believe it is one of the foundation stones of our democracy: So an attack on public education is an attack on democracy.