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VIDEO: The Future Is Brighter With School Choice

Posted By Rob Bluey On October 1, 2012 @ 7:58 am In Education,Featured,Scribe | Comments Disabled

This weekend’s release of “Won’t Back Down [1]” has helped shine the spotlight on school choice. Heritage would like to keep it there, which is why we produced a short new video about the importance of parental choice in education [2].

Frustrated by the status quo and failing schools, more and more parents are demanding a choice for their children. That’s the plot of “Won’t Back Down,” which showcases how two committed parents take on the establishment. It’s based on actual events [3] that stemmed from the parent-trigger law in California. The law allows parents to organize and, with the support of at least 50 percent, implement reform measures such as converting to a charter school or changing leadership.

>> Q&A: “Won’t Back Down” Producer Brings School Choice to Big Screen [4]

With a cast of stars, including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, the movie has already prompted protests [5] from union leaders like Randi Weingarten and opponents of school choice.

Education reformers appear to be winning. Last year was dubbed “The Year of School Choice [6]” by the Wall Street Journal. More than a dozen states enacted school-choice legislation, empowering parents to choose a safe and effective education for their children. Heritage defines those choices as public, private, charter, online, and home school opportunities.

The video runs about two-and-a-half minutes. It was produced by Ben Howe of Mister Smith Media [7]. For more videos from Heritage, subscribe to our YouTube channel [8].

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URLs in this post:

[1] Won’t Back Down: http://wbdtoolkit.com/

[2] parental choice in education: http://www.heritage.org/issues/education/parental-choice-in-education

[3] based on actual events: http://blog.heritage.org/2010/12/08/parents-%E2%80%9Ctrigger%E2%80%9D-reform-in-california/

[4] Q&A: “Won’t Back Down” Producer Brings School Choice to Big Screen: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/09/29/qa-wont-back-down-producer-brings-school-choice-to-big-screen/

[5] prompted protests: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/weingarten-wont-back-down-union-stereotypes-worse-than-waiting-for-superman/2012/08/28/c88857f2-f0c2-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_blog.html

[6] The Year of School Choice: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/07/06/2011-%E2%80%9Cthe-year-of-school-choice%E2%80%9D/

[7] Mister Smith Media: http://mistersmithmedia.com/

[8] subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=heritagefoundation

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