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Breakout #4: Schools Hit the Big Screen: Influencing the Public Mindset

Participants at NewSchools Summit got a sneak preview today of  three new documentary films that highlight both the failure of public schools to serve minority students and the efforts of visionary entrepreneurs to provide underserved children with a first rate education. Waiting for Superman, Teached and The Lottery are set to hit the big screen later this year and catapult public education into the public spotlight.  Today’s NewSchools Summit panel – including […] Read more

Welcome Breakfast for First-Time Attendees

The NewSchools Summit 2010 got off to a great (and delicious!) start this morning with a welcome breakfast for first-time attendees. NewSchools partner April Chou welcomed the newest members of an ever-growing community of reform-minded education entrepreneurs, funders, and practitioners, and gave an overview of our hopes that this year’s Summit will provide them with an opprotunity to come together and learn from one another. “We look forward to today being a day of […] Read more

More Heat than Light

For evidence that the terrain has shifted for education entrepreneurs, one need look no further than last week’s much-publicized hearing convened by State Senator Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) in downtown Manhattan. In what has been described as hours of “volatile” and “testy” debate, supporters and opponents of New York charter schools traded barbs over charges of fiscal mismanagement and corruption in some charter schools. At one point during the marathon hearing, New York State Deputy […] Read more