Duration: 90 min
Actors: Bob Bowdon, Bill Baroni, Rick Berman, Michael Bloomberg, Clint Bolick, Derrell Bradford, Tom Brokaw, Elaine Brown, Mika Brzezinski, Pat Buchanan, Mary Jane Cooper, John Corcoran, Angel Cordero, Jon Corzine, Jim Coston
American public schools have been growing progressively worse. According to the U.S. Department of Education national testing, only 35% of American high school seniors are proficient in reading, based on 2006 data. And fewer than one-in-four, 23%, are proficient in math. On the global stage, America ranks last in educational effectiveness among large industrialized countries despite the highest spending per student in the world. It presents a conundrum: How has the richest and most innovative society on earth suddenly lost the ability to teach its children at a level that other modern countries consider "basic"? If the problem is that we're not spending enough on schools, which many people believe, it's instructive to study the U.S. state that spends more than any other per student: New Jersey With spending as high as $483,000 per classroom (confirmed by NJ Education Department records for 2005-06), New Jersey students fare only slightly better than the national average in reading and...