"REBORN" chronicles the first official year of public school in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The centerpiece is the charter school movement’s effort to radically transform education for the city’s mostly African-American public school children, many of whom would still be attending some of the worst-performing schools in the nation. In post-Katrina New Orleans, principals and teachers are now readjusting to a wholly new educational model; likewise, families and communities are responding to the new responsibilities that come with finding their voices in the ways their children are educated.
During this crucial period, one question remains: How will stakeholders use their newfound power? Shot between July 2006 and June 2007, "REBORN" addresses this question by tracking the hopes and challenges of four public charter schools in New Orleans.
Stephen Barr, Founder, Green Dot Public Schools
Cynthia Brown, Director of Education Policy, Center for American Progress
Stephen Brown, Producer, "REBORN"; President, Mobile Digital Arts
Drea Cooper, Director, Editor, and Cinematographer, "REBORN"
Gregory McGinity, Senior Director of Policy, The Broad Foundation
Anna Soellner, Vice President for Communications and Deputy Director for California Office, Center for American Progress