Huffington Post: New PBS Doc Examines How One School is Beating The Odds

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Money is often considered at the root of issues impacting the nation's education challenges but for director, Garland McLaurin, more money alone won't solve the issue. In the PBS documentary debuting March 17, 180 Days: Hartsville, McLaurin and co-director, Jacquie Jones capture the triumphant story of a rural South Carolina town that is railing against poverty to successfully educate.

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In rural towns like Hartsville, S.C., school ‘choice’ doesn’t make sense. Here’s why.

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School “choice” — charter schools, vouchers, etc. — is one of the hallmarks of modern school reform, especially in urban areas. But one issue that never seems to get much, if any, attention, is how it would work in rural areas. According to a new PBS documentary film, 180 Days: Hartsville,the answer is not at all well.

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A Town Where a School Bus Is More Than a Bus

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Originally published in the New York TImes Fixes blog, Sam Chaltain breaks down the methods that help Harstville school district stand out on education reform.

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Can A Community Really Change the Fortunes of a Generation Through Its Schools?

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One of the producers of the Hartsville series Sam Chaltain takes a moment to introduce us to the town of Hartsville, SC and the issues involved.

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