Measuring Up Conference Screens Canadian Première of The Cartel Documentary

TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - If you thought Waiting for Superman was controversial, then The Cartel will not disappoint.  The award-winning documentary will be featured as part of the Society for Quality Education's Measuring Up: A Seminar on School Accountability to be held in Toronto today.

"The Cartel is an unforgettable look at how a widespread national crisis manifested itself in educational failures and frustrations of individual communities, underscoring what happens when schools don't do their jobs. These are real children whose lives are being destroyed," says the film's director and producer, Bob Bowdon, who is on hand to discuss the documentary.  Following the screening there will be a series of panel discussions.

Will an Africentric school or a school for "poor kids" make a difference?  Is testing enough or is there too much pressure on teachers and students?  Why are education costs going up when enrollments are going down? Where are the consequences for poor performance?  "The documentary will be a good starting point for a retrospective examination of current accountability measures and we hope that the discussion that follows will provide us with a way forward for what still needs to be done," added Doretta Wilson, SQE's Executive Director. 

This seminar brings together a diverse group of panelists, including Virginia Walden-Ford of D.C. Parents for School Choice.  Ms. Walden-Ford was the driving force behind the Washington, D.C. voucher program and has been a tireless advocate for school choice, including bringing her fight to President Obama! 

Theo Caldwell, author of Finn the Half-Great and new host of SUN News The Caldwell Account will deliver the keynote address. 

Other panelists include:

  • John Snobelen, Former Ontario Minister of Education
  • Paul Bennett, Schoolhouse Institute
  • Andrea Mrozek, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
  • Spider Jones, Believe to Achieve Foundation

Panel moderators are noted broadcaster, Michael Coren and political pundit, Gerry Nicholls.

Measuring UP is organized by the Society for Quality Education, dedicated to the significant improvement of student learning in Canada. More information about SQE can be found at our website: www.societyforqualityeducation.org

SOURCE Society for Quality Education

For further information:

Panelists will be available for media, please contact:
Doretta Wilson, SQE Executive Director 416-231-7247

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