Protesters "Won't Back Down" about school documentary

Published: Sep. 4, 2012 at 12:25 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:37 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A couple of protesters are speaking out about the movie "Won't Back Down." It was screened in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention.

Charlotte Mecklenburg school (CMS) district parent, Pam Grundy, stood outside the movie theater in the EpiCentre. She thinks the movie is too good to be true.

"The movie is a Hollywood fantasy," Grundy said.  "Lots of movies I have seen are not going to happen in real life. We like to say don't try this at home."

The movie is about a parent and teacher teaming up to turn around a failing school.  The movie touches on Parent Trigger Law.

That law allows parents to possibly turn the struggling school into a charter school.  The parents would also be able to fire teachers and rebuild the school from scratch.

Grundy believes this movie will give people the impression that formula will work in all failing schools.

"What it suggest is the way to improve," Grundy said. "Take it over, kick out bad teachers and turn it into a charter school and that is not a solution that is going to improve student's education. "

Proponents of the movie claim Grundy is missing the point.

"It shows that adults can come together," CEO/Founder StudentsFirst Michelle Rhee said.  "And put the interest of children and students first and that is really is what I think is important message people can take away."

The screening happened at the Republican National Convention and now at the DNC.

"It's not just for Democrats who suffer with education," Movie Director Daniel Barnz said. "It's Republicans too, so it's a movie that's for everybody."

Grundy says she isn't against the movie, just the laws that could come from the it.

"Our concern is that a lot of high level Democrats," Grundy said. "Are going along with it - passing policy that supports it."

So far only a few states have enacted the Parent Trigger Law.