Each morning, thousands of our nation's children attend dilapidated, unsafe public schools where books and supplies are scarce. In some cities, mayors, governors and state agencies have tried to help these ailing school districts by taking them over.
In 1993, the State of California took over the Compton Unified School District for academic and fiscal insolvencies. But unfulfilled expectations since the takeover have spawned lawsuits, protests and divided the community.
School Takeover is a brief lesson of the ongoing war that takes place in the city of Compton between the State of California and members of the community. The battlefields are Compton's public schools, where six years ago, conditions were so poor that the CA State Dept. of Education took over the troubled school district. Now the city wants its distrct back but the state's not ready to return it. While the political battle wages amongst adults, education issues take a back seat and Compton's students continue to be neglected.
School Takeover reveals shocking footage and candid interviews from students, politicians, parents and teachers who tell the story of how one city was affected when their school district was taken over.
Featuring interviews with Delaine Eastin, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, Omar Bradley, Mayor of Compton, Dr. Randolph Ward, State Administrator of Compton Unified School District.