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Preview: TV Series Trailer Heats Up Charter Meeting

Screen shot 2013-01-17 at 11.19.28 AMTuesday night in New Orleans, there were at least a few people upset at the charter board meeting for John Macdonogh high school, which is going through a controversial turnaround.  The school has both a board and an advisory committee to represent community interests.  Control over the charter was given to Future Is Now Schools, Steve Barr's current charter network.  The meeting was eventually cut short.You can read all about it at The Lens.

One key aspect of the event was the first public showing of a trailer for the forthcoming OWN reality series, "Blackboard Wars."   As is fairly standard, the three-minute video (which I've seen) begins with dramatic footage (a 2003 incident in which suspects brought an AK47 into the school and began shooting), as well as scenes of fistfights and security takedowns. the implementation of school uniforms and tuck-in requirements.  There are dramatic graphics  ("One of the most dangerous schools in America... Nobody believes he can do it... An Angry Community.") There's even a Survivor-style wail in the background (all that's missing is a bone-rattling dubstep drop). Also depicted: overwhelmed teachers, a strong-willed new principal, angry community members -- and glimmers of improvement.  

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