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What are people saying about REBIRTH: New Orleans?

December 16, 2013

‘Rebirth’: New Documentary Explores NOLA’s Charter Schools
Emily Richmond, The Educated Reporter, Education Week

“The film…gives viewers the chance to hear the stories behind the efforts to improve the city’s struggling public education system.”

October 21, 2013

‘Rebirth: New Orleans’ Examines Post-Katrina School Experiment
Mark Walsh, Education Week

“Merrow touches quite a few angles and packs a lot into the hour…In the end, Merrow is as upbeat as much of Marsalis’ soundtrack about the experiment’s chances for success, though he acknowledges that much work remains to be done and more than one-third of New Orleans students are still failing.”

May 4, 2013

Rebirth: New Orleans — Documentary Poses a Moral Dilemma
Anthony Cody, Education Week

“Merrow has done a creditable job in capturing the core elements of the transformation of this district. He does us all a disservice, however, when he concludes the film by declaring this experiment a success. In so doing, he short-circuits the very deep reflection his movie ought to provoke.”

April 3, 2013:

Documentary explores New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina Wednesday evening
Daneille Dreilinger, The Times-Picayune

“Merrow first came to the city shortly after Hurricane Katrina and has returned many times since. The documentary features Louisiana heavy hitters from all sides of the debate, including former school board member Leslie Jacobs, community advocate Karran Harper Royal and former Superintendent Paul Pastorek.”

December 21, 2012:

Are Charters the Reason New Orleans’ Schools Are Succeeding?
John Merrow, GOOD

“This is a documentary for anyone interested in children or our nation’s future, because other districts could emulate New Orleans, not simply by adopting charter schools but by committing to a set of familiar virtues: high standards, integrity, hard work, time, resources and more.”

December 18, 2012:

Rebirth from Ashes: New Film Captures New Orleans’ Radical School Reforms
Eric Schulzke, Deseret News

“After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Louisiana saw opportunity in the chaos, rebuilding the city’s school system from the ground up. PBS education reporter John Merrow has been tracking the results for the last five years.”

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