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And that large in Princeton, New Jersey number all the Rivera -- grand building behind -- his -- -- at the official residence of governor Chris Christie.
-- among other battles this election season has thrust themselves squarely into the center of the nation's raging debate.
Of -- what ails public education.
And how to fix it.
Two big development this week brought this long simmering issue that full -- One was the release of waiting for Superman.
A really powerful documentary which rips apart the current fed system and that gut wrenching expose today of how -- -- interest.
Are stifling innovation.
And improvement in our public education.
The second catalyst that second big development with the governor's joint appearance Friday on Oprah with Facebook's billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg.
We use the occasion to announce an incredible.
100 million dollar donation.
To help pick one of the nation's worst public school systems -- at Newark new Jersey's largest city.
-- charismatic mayor Cory Booker is also playing a central role in this extraordinary effort.
Before we hear from all three -- Christie.
Booker and Zuckerberg.
And before Kimberly talks live in our studio with the -- producer -- him.
Here they are Shannon and Graham with the big picture.
The candidate -- the -- every year or something you're born in the education system.
The -- behind the explosive new education documentary waiting for Superman says it's the latter.
On September 24 Davis Guggenheim movie about the US public school system will hit theaters.
It follows students and their families on their uphill battle to secure a good education and system Guggenheim labels broken hearts.
Among thirty developed countries.
-- -- -- 21.
DC public school chancellor Michelle -- lauded by some for her innovative ideas and criticized by the local teacher's union.
Features prominently in the documentary and says it's time the country got a good look at what's really happening.
If you look at what has happened -- American Public Education over the last twenty years we have gone from number one.
In a lot of different respects to absolutely at the bottom amongst developed nation.
So while charter schools are portrayed positively in the new film -- teachers' unions are not involved but this is -- attacked from the right.
Guggenheim is the Academy Award winning director and producer behind Al Gore's global warming documentary an inconvenient truth.
Rainy Weingarten president of the American Federation of Teachers most -- is -- -- -- attempt to get the country talking about education.
But he's not happy about what she calls and in accurate portrayal of sub par teachers and villainous unions.
There are three million teachers in this country both of them who do who will work every single day and so we need to.
Give the good teachers we have the tools and the conditions.
To support that we need to support them rather than scapegoat them.
Guggenheim says he never expected any film making experience to surpass the support he got for an inconvenient truth.
But he says the ground -- around this project has an even greater.
He also confesses that although he's a huge supporter -- public schools.
He's still troubled by -- current state that he chose private school for his own children in Washington Shannon Bream Fox News.
-- -- -- -- thank you very much Genentech Governor Christie was hosting.
A research Down syndrome dinner tonight here at trump -- it.
One of the biggest obstacles to reforming public education despite what the president of the union said is indeed the various teachers unions across the country.
Here's how the governor reacted to late word that those unions at least here in Newark, New Jersey we're going to fight any changes that he rode their benefit.
So here we are this morning and you've heard the whole what's different people up here if -- -- different people speaking.
All talking -- that panel that we had over packed all talking about.
What we -- that should be doing.
And then you have the teachers' unions saying what's not gonna happen.
This and this is the problem.
We're about yes.
There about no.
We're about tomorrow.
-- about yesterday.
We're out to kids.
-- about their paychecks.
It's that simple.
Had irresponsibly unions who are saying the teachers' unions that this is -- plot to get them decertified.
-- this part of -- war against the unions.
All I want is a -- -- -- for for the kids.
-- in New Jersey.
And if they're willing to be part of that that's great if they're not particularly the way.
So what do you mean by that it's that that's kind of an ominous declaration do you want the unions to be decertified.
I want them to help us.
Fix our broken education system how can.
There's so many ways rather -- a rough time but that's about it.
Even the extraordinary 100 million dollar gift from the FaceBook billionaire is not without controversy.
Coming at that does at that same time as another film called the social network is being released.
In what many believe it's a negative light.
I asked mark about the timing of his -- at today's press.
He goes unpunished how are you responding to the kind of story that this is -- miss direction to get people deflected from.
These social network which portrays you in a very negative or relatively negative way that this is a grand.
And and believe me I can gradually from the bottom my heart of -- -- But this is a grand PR seemed to to make you yourself.
You know and and I apologize for the question.
-- that day I think the fine the -- You know this is an announcement and we we made the announcement yesterday where we're talking to.
You guys today that this is something that's gonna play out -- years and years and years.
Right and Tom.
You know that the movie you know whether it's good or bad I don't know I haven't seen it.
But I think people watch that -- come to their own conclusions and that I think is completely separate from this sources here -- this is gonna change the lives of almost 45000 students in Newark and hopefully we can make -- into this into this model that's a symbol of national educational excellence and but so it's going to be huge impact for decades to come so.
Yeah I mean people and so they want today but and we're doing this because we think this is the most important problem to invest and and these are the best people to get it done.
Kimberly it was an extraordinary gift I have a certain personal interest and that's my mom went to south side high school in Newark.
-- now called Malcolm X Shabazz high school.
It's one of the it's at the bottom or near the bottom on all -- -- Ratings lists that has schools in this state in this country are doing.
I have a bit of a personnel.
Interest I wanna watch this process unfold.
And you have the filmmaker who really has started the nation talking about what is -- been a long neglected issue public school education -- take it away.
-- thanks rob -- yes -- now one of the producers of the critically acclaimed and waiting for Superman we have let me tell pat right here in studio out.
Let me -- what was one of the biggest surprises that you found when filming this documentary.
I think the biggest surprises was set a lot of the problems and everybody was telling me -- -- being too complex for possible we can't solve it.
Come down to common sense and -- than the biggest things which he thinks we would remember here in America is that teachers rewarding supporting.
And grooming teachers of one of the most important things that we can deal and we have a cultural kind of a prestige deficit here in America we don't -- value like teachers.
Opponents say our children are our future than we need to put the most talented person in front of the classroom to teach them.
It seems to make a lot of sense -- yet your -- has received obviously.
A tremendous amount of critical acclaim and praise but it's not without its detractors as well as some people feel that you are placing the blame.
-- right squarely in the lap of the unions and isolating that as the problem -- respond.
I think both Davis and I need -- -- we started this product project that we were gonna call out all of the obstacles.
All of the adults that.
We're not putting kids in -- facts.
So there's a lot of those in the movie and -- -- and -- the teachers unions insofar as -- to question.
Some things like protecting bad teachers are -- how you get tenure by the fact that Mimi and losing teachers that aren't as aren't teaching science in doing amazing things are not getting -- -- -- I think the question of the things is healthy I don't think it means you're against unions on any union have been any need for very long time I think -- an essential part of reform.
You're starting to feel that you isolated pockets why he's.
Think -- says -- and hesitation.
Resistance to shedding light and shining light on the unions and how maybe they could improve but is ultimately if what is at stake is.
The education of children in this country why wouldn't everybody beef about why wouldn't you say let's take a look and see exactly why.
Our school education system is broken and how we can make it better because we've certainly reached a crisis point in this country we have -- -- psychiatrist's point.
And now we have a lot of Mimi did examples of what works.
And some of them -- charter -- and some of them are being done in mainstream public schools so I think they unions are starting to listen you know a lot of the really great teachers at a union teachers.
Ain't gonna work with and they're great teachers so I think that there's been a lot of New Orleans -- understand.
A lot of political dogma and what's working right now it's -- -- fat cut thrill.
All of the politics anything on the net I'm gonna do what ever it takes he endorsed no shortcuts no excuses -- and do whatever it takes to make sure that these kids wearing and that's what's.
What did we need to look at those examples and try and replicate them.
What did you think about that Christie's remarks to her -- when he was interviewing him he's really taken a tough stance against the union saying the work with them but nevertheless this.
Disappointed so far with that the outcomes that have been produced.
I think that it's good to be tough because you have this unprecedented money being given right now there's so much energy -- education debate.
If you pledge to see a movie you get five dollars to expand in the classroom might expired Palestinian get suspended -- donors -- If you accept -- -- happens to be able to give a hundred million dollars to the city.
For innovation and for incubation of new ideas.
I think that afternoon and so it's kind of like why question about it maybe he wanted to make himself look no -- who -- -- kids are gonna benefit in the long around.
Well I think it's all of us should be hearing about a vacation even if you're out of school -- -- gonna be our doctors lawyers in the future and you wanna be amongst educated citizens you -- -- when he first.
In science and 25 in math that doesn't mean there were 21 and 25 and -- underserved communities and the auction needs middle class as a country.
We -- -- be hurting and that's important all of us.
Well certainly -- your documentary is shaking things up I think kicked it couldn't come at a better time and the sooner the better so congratulations on the success and thanks for being with us I think he.
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