A movie, a principal and a turnaround school: 30 years since ‘The George McKenna Story’
George McKenna doesn’t talk about it much, but Denzel Washington played him in a TV movie called “The George McKenna Story.” Fellow LA Unified school board members may occasionally rib him about it, and on a recent tour of an elementary school, Superintendent Michelle King pointed it out to impress the students. “This man had...
By Mike Szymanski | March 7, 2016 10:48 am
Synopsis of ‘The George McKenna Story’: He risked it all to make the grade
The tag line of the film “The George McKenna Story” (also known as “Hard Lessons”) is a punny George McKenna-ism characteristic of the man it profiled. “He risked it all to make the grade,” is how the movie was advertised. In it, the heroic principal sacrifices relationships, career and safety to do the right thing for...
By Mike Szymanski | March 7, 2016 10:43 am