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FRONTLINE; Battle Over School Choice, The


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Battle Over School Choice, The
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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With more students than ever enrolled in kindergarten through high school, education is now a top voter concern. What's needed to improve our public schools -- better teachers, smaller classes, greater parent involvement, higher standards, more tests? Or, is privatization the answer? Democrats and Republicans differ sharply on the hot button issue of school vouchers and whether public funds should be used to pay for private or parochial schools. FRONTLINE explores the heated political debate over the reform of public education and investigates the spectrum of "school choice" options -- from vouchers to charter schools to for-profit academies -- and their growing popularity in troubled inner cities.

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