A three year epic battle by parents to save their nationally acclaimed school from a consolidation plan endangering their kids.  Justice fighting injustice not only to stop a financial underworld of tax profiteers but achieve an amazing victory,  they become the first in the nation to stop a school closing. 

A concerned citizen, Mr. Coe, does what we've been taught to believe is the duty of all citizens: to care and participate in their communities, only to run up against a bigger foe than he ever expected.  Behind the white picket fence, an imperious school board is the tip of an ice berg of corruption that involves unions, insurance companies, Banking and Wall Street, and costing Chatham taxpayers $27,000 per student, twice the national average.  Watch administrators bring in armed guards that the parents don't want!  Watch them put their students in a more dangerous location!

Dangerous trains carrying oil, ethanol, nitric acid, flammable and corrosive cargos (both in story emphasis and in shots) are the theme throughout, a visceral motif all people of common sense will understand and the school has no good answer for it.  While they pursue consolidation profits, the kids grades are quietly declining 8% a year.  The administrators are not looking out for the best interests of the students.

Public schools are the further erosion of the America we grew up believing in.  Another Domino. Another example of an American institution - once respected - failing to serve the people.  Think Congress, the Supreme Court, big money has so influenced these institutions that they can't even pretend to serve the citizen any more. Public school are suffering all-too-familiar ills of American empire: Wall Street greed, unchecked militarism and, perhaps most importantly, the press propaganda failing to report how rich corporations profit from closing poor kids’ schools.

Informational, political and investigative, Coe’s story is a paradigm shifting thesis of a capital model of education, defended by board bullies, civil liberty slashers, armed police and military style surveillance.  As the parent's investigation deepens it widens to expose the multi-billion dollar national school-closing-for-profit industry.