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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-25-12 09:05 PM
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You go, NYC parents! "Educating Maggie" (Gyllenhaal) about Parent Trigger.
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Posted on YouTube: September 25, 2012
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Posted on DU: September 26, 2012
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I tried to post this at DU3, but though the text shows the video does not. The video shows until I put the text, then it disappears. Don't feel comfortable enough to ask questions there, and there are no directions I could find.

This is a great video put together by parents and teachers opposing the corporate attacks on teachers via use of such movies as Won't Back Down.

Gyllenhaal stars in a new movie that favorably portrays "trigger laws" that make it easier for public schools to be shut down and restructured.

The movie, Won't Back Down, is "inspired by actual events" about a parent in a failing school who uses a "parent trigger" law to take over control of the school and hand it to more competent educators. Such laws are supported by anti-union education reformers like Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein and the movie is being distributed by 20th Century Fox, a subsidiary of Klein's employer, News Corp.

The movie had its world premier in Manhattan earlier this week.

This video, called "Educating Maggie," was created by New Yorkers for Great Publc Schools and is part of a broader campaign to prevent such takeovers in New York.

Gyllenhaal expressed surprise that there was any controversy.

Here is more about the Won't Back Down movie and the CBS special publicizing it that was called Teachers Rock. Profits from Teachers Rock went to Teach for America, not public schools.

There are parent-trigger laws. There are teachers. There is a real place named Pittsburgh. But "Won't Back Down" is inspired by a true story in the same sense that "Gladiator" was inspired by the true story of Rome existing.

The two parents who start the petition, Jamie (the literally unblinking Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Nona (Viola Davis, who corners the market on reluctant heroes), want better lives for their respective children. Failing to win the charter school lottery, the pair unite when Jamie convinces Nona that a petition is the only option left. The movie maintains the focus that this action is entirely parent-driven, devoid of any outside influence.
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