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Oprah's 'Blackboard Wars' Meets Opposition


Blackboard Wars, a reality show about high school in the vein of Lean on Me, is set to air on Oprah Winfrey's OWN soon, and an advisory group will host a meeting on Tuesday to talk about their misgivings about the show's impact, reports the Lens.

The Future Is Now Executive Board will be meeting at the school at 10 a.m. Founder, chairman and CEO Steve Barr is expected to attend an additional 6 p.m. meeting of the John McDonogh Advisory Board, a community organization formed to support and oversee the school's charter board.

Led by Clarence Robinson, the advisory board has been openly critical of "Blackboard Wars," the Oprah Winfrey Network documentary about the school and Future Is Now leaders' efforts to turn it around.

Robinson's group on Friday sent out an "Open Letter" to Winfrey, Barr, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and others describing the show as "a source of negative, exploitative depictions of the students and the school" …

"They reinforce low expectations for John McDonogh students. Students who are told repeatedly that they are violent, troubled and beyond redemption will soon come to believe it."


Read more at the Lens.

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