Failing Grade

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  • Use this ABC News program to explore links between a wide range of educational issues: school safety, overcrowding, privatization, and poor academic performance. The video takes viewers inside Chester High, a Pennsylvania school racked with security, staffing, and financial problems; in fact, Chester's difficulties are so great that the company hired to run the school has pulled out. With commentary from many sectors of the community-including students, parents, school board members, and a young principal who tried to make a difference at Chester-Failing Grade sums up the frustrations of everyday people struggling to provide children with a decent education.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 07, 2010.
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  • Chester High (1:46) -- Educational Disaster (1:50) -- Mismanagement of School Administration (1:31) -- Experiment at Chester High (1:39) -- Broken School District (1:43) -- Scandal at Chester High (3:25) -- Drastic Options for Failing Schools (1:46) -- Student Perspective on Chester Upton District (5:42)
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