Rise Above the Mark is a 65-minute film narrated by Peter Coyote that examines the heartbreaking realities of public education in Indiana. The film, which has a 9.2 rating on IMDB.com, takes a hard look at current corporate reforms, which demoralize teachers and aim to turn students into test-taking machines. While the focus is on Indiana’s struggles with school privatization, schools throughout the United States are experiencing similar pressures in the era of Betsy DeVos. We first screened Rise Above the Mark in 2014, the year it came out. Five years later, it is as relevant as ever.
West Lafayette superintendent Rocky Killion will introduce the movie, whose creation he led, and afterward a panel of educators will discuss the challenges facing urban and rural public schools today. The panel includes, Kathleen Fox, retired educator, Monroe County Community School Corporation; Dr. Laura Hammack, Superintendent, Brown County Schools; and Charity Scott, Executive Director, Indianapolis Public Schools Community Coalition.
We have four levels of sponsorship:
As a sponsor, your name or company name (unless you wish to remain anonymous) would be shown in the program and announced at the event. Further, platinum sponsors would be included in radio and other announcements and interviews regarding the event. Finally, you will receive 2 free tickets to the event, no matter the level.
Perhaps most importantly, your sponsorship will help the Indiana Coalition for Public Education–Monroe County in our effort to amplify the voices of citizens supporting public schools. Our group actively challenges the policies that have reduced funding for public schools, decreased support for students in need of special education, led to consolidation and closing of schools, and forced schools to expend much-needed education dollars on advertising for students. You can learn more about our advocacy at www.keepeducationpublic.org.
We do hope you choose to be a sponsor for this important event. If you have any questions, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss the event and also to discuss the importance—the civil right—of high-quality, community-run public schools that serve all students.
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