Press Release 5/15: Film Response to “Waiting for Superman”, “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman”, Premieres this Week 5/19 @ The Riverside Church, NY, NY

Press Release
Date:  May 15, 2011
Lisa Donlan, Parent and President CEC1:  917-848-5873
Julie Cavanagh, Teacher PS 15, GEM/CAPE: 917-836-6465
Brian Jones, Teacher PS 30, GEM: 646-554-8592
The Grassroots Education Movement Releases Film in Response to Waiting for “Superman”
Premiere Screening: The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For “Superman”
This month, The Grassroots Education Movement will present a new documentary, written and directed by New York City public school teachers and parents, created in response to Davis Guggenheim’s highly misleading film. Waiting for “Superman” would have audiences believe that free-market competition, standardized tests, destroying teacher unions, and the proliferation of charter schools are just what this country needs to create great public schools.
The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For “Superman” highlights the real-life experiences of public school parents, students and educators to show how these so-called reforms are actually hurting public education. The film discusses the kinds of real reform – inside schools and in our society as a whole  –  that we urgently need to genuinely transform education in this country.
Harlem Premiere Features Special Guest, Diane Ravitch
The official premiere of GEM’s film will take place at the South Hall of The Riverside Church (enter at 91 Claremont Ave ) in Harlem on May 19th from 6 to 10 pm. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Mission and Social Justice Commission of The Riverside Church. Education historian Diane Ravitch will be our honored guest. The evening will include a panel featuring NYC parent Khem Irby, NYC public school teacher Brian Jones, and a NYC public school student, as well as Dr. Ravitch.
Seating at the premiere is limited. Reserve your seat online here:
Press can also request a seat directly by emailing:
For more information about the film, visit:
Watch a “sneak peak” of the film online here:
For a review/press copy of the DVD, contact Brian Jones: 646-554-8592


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