After watching MSNBC's "Making the Grade" with Tamaron Hall, and all of the other attempts to tell the story of American public education, I was disappointed that teachers and others fighting the take over of public schools were not part of the conversation. The special left out a significant piece of the discussion concerning the corporate reform movement that has devastated public schools, teachers, children, and communities. I'm sure you were aware that on the weekend of July 30th over 5000 concerned citizens assembled in Washington to protest the corporate takeover of public schools (Save Our Schools http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org/ ). There were many high profile people that would have helped "Making the Grade" more informative to viewers. Also, the administrators of United Opt Out would have added much to the discussion concerning other "actions" that are being taken to rebuild public education. The viewers would have had a chance to hear about the "real" problems facing our public schools. It would be well worth the time if MSNBC would interview some of the SOS organizers and administrators of United Opt Out. If MSNBC really wants to "Lean Forward" there is large group of us that can help MSNBC truly take a "Forward" position on issues dealing with public education. Please feel free to contact me anytime.