U.S. Chamber Launches 12-City Tour to Promote and Discuss Waiting for “Superman”

October 18, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation today announced the launch of a 12-city tour to promote and discuss the groundbreaking film, Waiting for “Superman”.  The events will inform and mobilize business and opinion leaders about how to take action in support of public K-12 education reform.
 
Waiting for “Superman,” a film by Davis Guggenheim, the Academy Award-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, from Paramount Vantage and Participant Media in association with Walden Media, will open in theaters in Los Angeles and New York City today and expand across the country throughout October.  It tells the story of five children as they make their way through America’s failing public education system.
 
“This film underscores that education is crucial to achieving the American dream and parents know it,” said Margaret Spellings, executive vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who oversees the Chamber’s education initiatives.  “To leave a child’s chance to fulfill his or her potential in the luck of a lottery is unconscionable.  Waiting for “Superman” humanizes the lengths that parents will go to provide their children with a solid education.”
 
The screenings will bring together business, opinion, and education leaders to view the film and participate in a forum on the actionable steps that can be taken to advance reform.  Events will take place in Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Durham, Indianapolis, Jefferson City, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Tallahassee, and Trenton.  The Chamber will use these 12 screenings around the country to highlight and discuss the crisis in the nation’s schools, the forces standing in the way of needed change, and the steps toward reform.
 
The events are part of the Chamber’s efforts to engage state and local chambers in support of public K-12 education reform by:

  • Hosting a movie screening and public dialogue in their community.
  • Making education and workforce development a priority issue for their chamber and community.
  • Ensuring that their chamber’s education agenda is vigorous and focused on driving better student results.
  • Holding their local school leaders accountable for the quality of the schools in their community by asking them the tough questions that this film raises.
  • Informing their leadership about key education issues in their city and state so that they can be an active, engaged advocate for reform.
  • Ensuring reform-minded leaders are running their schools.

“Everyone, regardless of age, job, or zip code, should see this movie,” said Spellings.  “It’s powerful.  We need to get everyone talking about education and engaged on how we can solve challenges of access and opportunity.  I have yet to meet someone who has seen the movie who isn’t touched by the families and moved to take action. Together, I know we can help parents help their children.”
 
The National Chamber Foundation’s promotion of Waiting for “Superman” is partly supported by a $1.5 million grant from the Daniels Fund, a Colorado-based foundation established by Bill Daniels, a cable television pioneer known for his generous support of innovative causes.

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