Outside the Box offers insights into the operation of charter schools and examines their short-term and long-term effectiveness.
Amid controversy, charter schools — free public schools funded by tax dollars — first opened in the United States 20 years ago, largely in response to low graduation rates and the failure of schools to better prepare students for higher education and the job market. Today, charter schools make up an increasing percentage of the U.S. educational landscape, with approximately 5,000 schools in 41 states. Featuring interviews with experts, educators, parents and students, Outside the Box airs Tueday, September 24, 2013 at 9:30 on WXXI World. The half-hour documentary also explores the financial challenges of opening a charter school and examines the role of authorizers, those responsible for granting charters and overseeing the school's academic performance, financial health and more. OUTSIDE THE BOX visits several nationally recognized schools, including The Preuss School in San Diego, Christel House Academy in Indianapolis and KIPP Empower Academy in South Central Los Angeles.
Encore presentations Wednesday September 25 at 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m.; Thursday, September 26 at 8 a.m., 2 p.m.; Saturday, September 28 at 1:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.; Sunday September 29 at 10:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
This program is part of WXXI's American Graduate project to educate the community on the dropout problem, rally support to get the community involved, and help provide pathways to community resources to address the problem. To learn more visit our website.
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