Today: Documentary film talks about public school funding

PLYMOUTH — The public is invited to a free showing of the documentary, Rise Above the Mark, at the Plymouth High School Auditorium on Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Please use North Doors (#5) to enter the building.

The presentation will be moderated by Dr. Rocky Killion, Superintendent, West Lafayette Community School Corporation

According to the film's producers, the purpose of Rise Above the Mark is to educate the general public about the “corporate takeover” of Indiana public schools and what parents, community members and educators can do to protect their local public schools.

The documentary argues that legislators are calling the shots and putting public schools in an ever-shrinking box.

Leading experts such as Diane Revitch, Linda-Darling-Hammond, and Marc Tucker, whose interviews appear in the documentary address the following themes:

• The corporate takeover of public schools and diversion of public funds to private entities
• The dismantling of public schools disguised as “school choice” and “school vouchers”
• The adverse impact standardized testing and using test scores to evaluate teachers is having on the teaching profession and public school students
• The money grab of private companies that benefit from the so-called reform, which are not required to play by the same rules as public schools
• The research on the best education systems in the world and what we can learn from them
• A blueprint for parent, community member and educator involvement in the “reform”
• A request for support and resources to achieve our school district’s mission which is to engage our students in a world-class educational experience that prepares them to be well- rounded, innovative, creative, productive, and adaptive citizens who will shape our global society