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Comedian Zach Anner Launches Reddit-Powered Travel Show

After a short-lived stint with the Oprah Winfrey Network, Anner is working with Reddit on a participatory comedy-travel show.

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Back in 2010, comedian Zach Anner posted an audition video for Your OWN Show, Oprah Winfrey’s campaign to find the next big TV star. The charming and funny video became a sensation online, and users of the popular social news site Reddit voted en masse to help make it the contest’s winner.

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Reform Gone Wrong: Despite $100 Million From Facebook, Newark Schools Still Screwed Up

Infighting and a lack of transparency in decision making are hampering reform and losing the trust of the community.


Last September, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg famously went on the Oprah Winfrey Show to announce that he'd sent a $100 million friend request to the troubled Newark, New Jersey schools. Six months later, only $1 million of those funds has been spent and the community is bickering over how to best use the $99 million balance that's being held by the foundation that Zuckerberg started to administer the funds, Startup Education.

Controversy started right off the bat when Zuckerberg attached strings to the money, like demanding that Newark Mayor Cory Booker be given control of the city's schools. Due to abysmal academic performance and mismanagement, the 40,000 student-strong district has been under state control since 1995 and mayoral control is prohibited by New Jersey law. Governor Chris Christie went ahead and opted not to renew school superintendent Clifford Janey's contract—a new superintendent still hasn't been hired—and said Booker would play an "advisory" role to the schools.

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Waiting for Superman Can Stop Waiting for Oscar

The Academy Awards dissed the biggest education documentary of 2010. What gives?


Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced yesterday, and in the documentary category Exit through the Gift Shop, Gasland, Inside Job, Restrepo and Waste Land were all given nods. The documentary you probably heard about most last year—and probably actually saw—was not. Oscar dissed Waiting for 'Superman.'

When Superman made its debut, pundits claimed an Oscar would sit next to the golden statue director Davis Guggenheim garnered for An Inconvenient Truth. Despite the cast appearing on Oprah and generous support from Bill Gates, that's not happening and a few interesting theories are floating around about why.

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Michelle Rhee Forms National Education Reform Advocacy Group

Michelle Rhee is taking on teachers' unions and other special interest groups with her new politically inclined education reform organization.

Michelle Rhee has a new line to add to her resume—as CEO of a national education reform advocacy group. The former chancellor of the D.C. schools announced earlier today on the Oprah Winfrey Show and a Newsweek cover story that she's launching her own organization. Called StudentsFirst, it's a "national movement to defend the interests of children in public education and pursue transformative reform, so that America has the best education system in the world."

Rhee says she created StudentsFirst because principals, district officials, and school board members aren't considering what's best for kids. She writes in Newsweek:

"Go to any public-school-board meeting in the country and you’ll rarely hear the words “children,” “students,” or “kids” uttered. Instead, the focus remains on what jobs, contracts, and departments are getting which cuts, additions, or changes. The rationale for the decisions mostly rests on which grown-ups will be affected, instead of what will benefit or harm children."

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