A Hollywood film called "Won't Back Down," about a single mother determined to get her daughter out of a failing public elementary school, was shown at the DNC but not without controversy and trepidation.
In the film, the single mom teams up with others to turn the failing school into a charter school and the teachers union fights against reforms, such as greater teacher accountability and more school choice.
According to reports, President Obama's team did not want to sign off on a screening for delegates so it passed the decision onto the DNC. Some speculate that the reason was that teachers unions, supporters of the Democratic Party, are outraged over the movie.
Randi Weingarten, president of the AFT, is in Charlotte for the convention. She issued a statement saying "the movie resorts to falsehoods and anti-union stereotypes" and that there are "several egregiously misleading scenes with the sole purpose of undermining people's confidence in public education, public school teachers and teachers unions."
Educators 4 Excellence, a New York based group of teachers, said that Hollywood has taken some liberties with the topic but the movie does offer some productive dialogue. Founder Sydney Morris said that the film does high light the "complex relationship between teachers and parents" and shows the power of good teachers.