Former WWL-TV reporter Ben Lemoine spent the last two years chronicling the experiences of five children in New Orleans charter schools. His documentary The Experiment screens in the New Orleans Film Festival tonight at 6 p.m. at the CAC. It won Best Louisiana Feature at the festival. Beginning in December it will screen on the Starz network. There's a brief review here. View the trailer on the film's website.
The sharp rise in the number and variety of new charter schools in New Orleans post-Katrina has drawn the nation's attention to their performance and promise for educational reform. The New York Times addressed some of the issues in evaluating New Orleans charter movement in an editorial Sunday.