812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
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Rise Above the Mark

Presented by: IN Coalition for Public Education

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

General Admission: $USD 5.00


No showtimes available.


Join the Indiana Coalition for Public Education for a screening of Rise Above the Mark, a documentary narrated by Peter Coyote that brings to light the heartbreaking realities of public education in Indiana. It’s the story of what happens when politics enters the classroom.

The film takes a hard look at current corporate reforms, which restrict vision, decrease funding, demoralize teachers, and aim to turn students into test-taking machines. While the focus is on Indiana’s struggles with school privatization, schools throughout the United States are experiencing similar pressures in the era of Betsy DeVos.

Experts Diane Ravitch, Linda Darling-Hammond, Pasi Sahlberg, and others discuss how America can make positive changes to provide an exceptional public school system for all children.

West Lafayette superintendent Rocky Killion will introduce the movie, and afterward a panel of educators will discuss the challenges facing urban and rural public schools — and what we can do to support public education in Indiana.

Doors will open at 3:30pm for this general admission event, which will last about 2 hours.

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block east of the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy Cafe may be taken into the auditorium.

Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs, which can be purchased via the box office at 812.323.3020. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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A nonpartisan and nonprofit group of parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and other community members of Monroe County and surrounding areas, which advocates for all children to have high quality, equitable, well-funded schools that are subject to democratic oversight by their communities.

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