A new short film, “Doors Open” features three new schools that opened in the Fall of 2012: KIPP Academy Boston, a charter middle school launched by a national network of high-performing charter schools; Margarita Muñiz Academy, an Innovation School and Boston's first two-way bilingual Spanish-English High School; and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, an "in-district" charter school and a partnership between a great neighborhood organization and a teacher training program modeled after medical residencies in teaching hospitals.
On its own, each school offers a compelling story – one of vision, mission, and bright hopes for kids. Yet, looked at together, they are also part of a bigger story about breakthroughs in old debates about public education. These schools were all made possible by new education legislation passed in 2010. “An Act Relative to the Achievement Gap” gave Massachusetts districts like Boston new tools for helping struggling schools, and also for expanding their portfolio of choices with new, innovative schools, like Muniz, Dudley, and KIPP Boston.