In a huge boost for the charter-school movement, President Obama is set to meet today in the Oval Office with the five kids featured in the documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’ ” which trumpets the need to reform the country’s education system.
Obama will shake hands with the youngsters whose struggles to leave failing public schools and enter more successful charter ones via a lottery system are profiled in the movie by Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim, who will also be at the White House.
The president has previously hailed the film as “heartbreaking” and its message of reform as “powerful.”
Geoffrey Canada, the CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., whose work promoting charter schools is featured in the film, said, “The president understands that charters are a really valuable asset.
“They’re not the only answer, but it’s one of the strategies we need to use to improve education in this country.”