Our schools are in crisis. Teachers are overwhelmed, students are discouraged, and parents feel helpless. It's time for a solution. Four individuals from different walks of life join forces to help. Designer/Miss U.S.A. Susie Castillo, political journalist Jacob Soboroff, comedian/former teacher Kim Whitley, and team leader/SWAT commander Tom Stroup focus on Enterprise Middle School in Compton, California.
Two eighth-graders - Angel and James - show us just some of the issues facing Enterprise. With no doors, soap or tissue paper, the restrooms are decrepit. Gopher holes make the field hazardous; recently, a student even broke his ankle because of one! Deep cracks make the pavement dangerous as well. Safety should be a basic right, but at Enterprise, it's not guaranteed.
Eighth grade English teacher Doris Mason and seventh grade science teacher Rogelio Soriano echo the students' concerns. The problems are myriad: broken drinking fountains, classes crawling with mice and roaches, sub-par lab equipment.
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