The New Public
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The New Public
In fall 2006, former DJ, point guard and teacher turned first-time principal, James O'Brien, opened a small public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where 1/3 of residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40%. With infectious optimism, O'Brien and his team of eight undertook an unconventional approach and ambitious mission: Create a school with an arts-oriented curriculum that also emphasizes self-development, community collaboration and social change. Initially, the buzz from everyone was that this was a dream come true. But conflicts arose when… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Emotionally involving doc captures the highs and lows of an idealistic schooling experiment."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"[A] remarkably engaging and complex documentary."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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