This week, Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee resigned amidst political pressures. Her decision came as no surprise to many in Washington, where her take-no-prisoners approach to improving the D.C. school system made her villain to some, hero to others. Rhee’s reform efforts are featured prominently in “Waiting for Superman,” which may be the hottest documentary since director Davis Guggenheim’s last film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
As you likely know by now, “Waiting for Superman” is about the decline of the American public education system. It follows five elementary school students trying to get a better education by winning lottery spots at high performing public charter schools.
The film offers solutions that have proven unpopular, to say the least, with the teachers’ unions. But it has captured the nation’s attention. And just this week at the White House, President Obama met with Guggenheim and the children featured in the film. Need to Know’s Alison Stewart spoke with Davis Guggenheim to discuss his film, the controversies and potential solutions for fixing our public school system.