"Superman" Visits the White House

Subjects, director Meet With Obama Today

By John Wist
|  Monday, Oct 11, 2010  |  Updated 10:05 AM EDT
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"Superman" Visits the White House

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It’s a controversial look at the state of education in the nation, and now it’s garnering the attention of the president. The five students featured in the documentary "Waiting for Superman" -- as well as the film’s director, Davis Guggenheim -- will visit the White House today.

Progressives and teachers' unions have criticized the film for portraying the unions as contributing to the failures of American public school systems. But many in President Obama’s administration have praised the film, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The students will meet the president at 1:30 p.m. and then get to see Marine One depart the South Lawn as President Obama heads to Florida this afternoon.

"Waiting for Superman" follows the five public school students are they try to escape failing schools and enter lotteries to enroll at charter schools.
 


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