Leaders in education gathered Sept. 17 to discuss the future of American education and screen a documentary highlighting an exemplary charter school in Arizona, which filmmaker Bob Compton said holds the solution to the country's education problems.

"We're beyond education reform. We need an education revolution," Compton said.

The event also featured commentary from the Rev. Al Sharpton and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who are embarking on a tour around the country with Education Secretary Arne Duncan to highlight the Obama administration's efforts to reform public education, spur innovation, and discuss the challenges facing America's schools.

"I approach education reform from a...

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