Video — 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences, 4 3/4 in.
"First to Worst (2004) explores the roots of California's current education crisis, tracing it to the anti-tax movement of the 1970's and 80's and to civil rights lawsuits that aimed to equalize school spending but resulted instead in disastrous funding limits on schools. The documentary pays special attention to the effects of Proposition 13, the 1978 anti-tax law (still in effect) that froze property taxes on businesses and homes and, critics say, cut funding for public schools off at the knees"--Publisher's website.
"In California Schools: America's Future (2008), we follow up on the state's education crisis. In 2007, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his intention to make 2008 'the year of education in California.' However, schools were worse off than ever. The governor scrambled to avoid $4.8 billion in potential cuts to public school funding. His controversial plans--more borrowing, an expanded lottery, and a possible tax hike--hinged on lawmakers' approval. In this program, we trace the roots of the ongoing crisis"--Publisher's website.
Video — 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
Follows three high school seniors through the 2004-2005 school year in the worst public school system in America. The film reveals the violence, poverty, racism, and political corruption that challenge students at every turn.
Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2011.
Video — 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Provides an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States. This documentary has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change through the compelling stories of five unforgettable students such as Emily, a Silicon Valley eighth-grader who is afraid of being labeled as unfit for college, and Francisco, a Bronx first-grader whose mom will do anything to give him a shot at a better life.
Video — 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
A former schoolteacher in rural France, Suzette has always had a fraught relationship with her son, Jean-Yves. Michel Gondry, the director and nephew, appears as interviewer and sometimes moderator throughout the film, uses his camera to explore the rich and often difficult family history in a subtle, sensitive, and humorous way. Featuring new interviews, archival Super-8 home movies, animations, and moving score.