Monday, 25 April, 2011 2:56 PM
"Dan Rather Reports" to Air a Special, Two Hour Expose
on the Crisis in the Detroit Public Schools
credit: HD Net
National Disgrace" sheds light onto the crumbling Detroit
Public School System and explores its effect on an already
beleaguered city - Tuesday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET
credit: HD Net
-- HDNet's "Dan Rather Reports" will present
a special, two-hour report documenting a pivotal year and a half
in the Detroit Public Schools (DPS), against a backdrop of history
and the plight of one student desperate to succeed despite the odds.
"A National Disgrace," airing on HDNet Tuesday, May 10
at 8:00 p.m. ET.
takes its title from a controversial comment by U.S. Secretary of
Education Arne Duncan and presents an unflinching look at corruption,
mismanagement and failure. Tens of millions of dollars have been
stolen from the district. And a school board bickers over trivialities,
while their students score at the bottom on national tests. The
report is full of heartbreaking images: children sitting in class
for days without a teacher; a principal addressing graduating seniors
with stories of the violence they've seen; and abandoned schools
left to rot in an increasingly empty city.
we instinctively know that both Detroit and our nation's public
schools are struggling mightily, we cannot afford to avert our eyes
any longer," said Dan Rather, host and managing editor of "Dan
Rather Reports." "Before we can tackle what ails us as
a country, we need an honest accounting of the problems. What we
found in Detroit is that it's easy to point fingers, but the difficulty
of the task of healing our country's injustices should not be underestimated."
to paint a complete and unflinching picture of Detroit and its schools,
"A National Disgrace" is part historical documentary,
part investigative report, and part personal profile detailing the
political strife, corruption, and systemic breakdown during the
tumultuous 2009-2010 school year when the state of Michigan imposed
new leadership on the school district.
is a searing portrait of a local tragedy that asks big questions.
Does the situation in Detroit demonstrate how we view public education?
And is the national disgrace the fact that something like this could
Rather Reports: A National Disgrace" premieres on HDNet, Tuesday,
May 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET with an encore at 11:00 p.m. ET.
following link to view "A National Disgrace" clips before
the broadcast: http://www.hd.net/blogs/2011/04/excerpt-from-a-national-disgrace/
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a clip from the upcoming two-hour special on the Detroit Public