Juan Williams pulls no punches in school expose
"Some argue that the solution is simple - just spend more money (on traditional schools)," Williams says in the film. "But others are convinced that continuing to chase good money after bad cannot continue. When parents are allowed to choose, schools will have the incentive to compete. And competition breeds flexibility, adaptability and innovation. But school choice also poses a significant threat to the status quo, and no single entity profits more from the status quo than teachers unions. They fight and resist education reform however and whenever it is found."
Williams focuses on the success of one charter school, Noble Street College Prep, which spends less per student than CPS and boasts a graduation rate of 99 percent, compared to CPS’s woeful 56 percent. The Noble Street school has a non-union workforce, which allows it to control labor costs and pursue groundbreaking education strategies without the permission of union bosses. The school's environment is focused on success. It has a much longer school day than traditional Chicago schools. It has a strict dress and conduct code. It's curriculum is focused on college preparation and acceptance. The school is currently at full capacity with 6,500 students, and has a long waiting list of parents who want their children enrolled. [more...]