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Forest Park to Host Program "Our City Schools: Real Choices"

March 23, 2012

The public is invited to participate in a program and panel discussion about fixing public education March 26-27 and 29 at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

“Our City Schools: Real Choices” is sponsored by STLCC’s Developmental Writing Committee, and will feature two screenings of Davis Guggenheim’s acclaimed 2010 documentary, “Waiting for Superman.” The screeings are slated for noon Monday, March 26, and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in the Student Center's Highlander Lounge. The college is located at 5600 Oakland Ave.

Guggenheim labels public schools “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes.”

A discussion panel is planned 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Café West in the Student Center. Panelists will speak about their experiences and research in education, and take questions. Panelists include Matt Franck, education reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Garrett Duncan, professor of education, Washington University; Kathryn Pole, professor of educational studies, Saint Louis University; and Thomas Walker, vice president of student affairs, STLCC-Forest Park who previously served as the executive director, KIPP Inspire Academy in St. Louis.

“There is no single solution to fixing our education system, but there are steps you can take to help ensure that every child gets a great education,” event organizer Melody Gee said.