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The Ron Clark Story (2006)

A small-town teacher relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country.

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Judith Buchan ...
Snowden School Principal
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Hadley
Jerry Callaghan ...
James Dugan ...
Mr. Lively
Patricia Benedict ...
Jean Clark
C.J. Jackman-Zigante ...
Y'landa
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Harried Principal
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Marissa Vega
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Jason
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Tayshawn
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Mr. Solis
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Principal Turner
Jacey Mah ...
Ms Hill (as Jacey Ma)
Marty Ronaghan ...
Jackie Vasquez
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1998. Ron Clark, still relatively early in his career, leaves his stable life teaching at an elementary school in his suburban North Carolina hometown, the school where he is appreciated by both his fellow teachers and his students for his innovative teaching methods which results in raising test scores. Instead, he decides to look for a teaching job at a tough New York inner city school where he feels he can be more useful. He eventually finds a job at Inner Harlem Elementary School, where the students are segregated according to their potential. As Clark is white and "nice" looking, Principal Turner wants to assign him to the honors class, especially as Turner's job security depends on good test scores. Clark, however, wants to take the most disadvantaged class. He quickly learns that it will be a battle of wills between himself and his disruptive students to see who can outlast the other. But he also learns that he has to understand them, both individually and collectively, on ... Written by Huggo

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No one believed in them. Except him.

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Melissa De Sousa is Karen Krantz from New York in Miss Congeniality (2000) See more »

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President Chester A. Arthur's name was misspelled as "Chester Alan Arther" on the board listing the names of the Presidents. See more »

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Marissa Vega: You got a job!
Ron Clark: Inner Harlem elementary. I'm gonna start meeting my kids tomorrow.
Marissa Vega: You might wanna hold on to this. It may be your last meal.
Ron Clark: Nah. They're gonna love me.
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A true story that reminds us to keep on dreaming
13 August 2006 | by (U.S. Virgin Islands) – See all my reviews

I love Mathew Perry and i think he does a great job as chandler in friends, problem is he gets type cast most of the time as that character. and so it was nice to see him play a more serious role.

you see to really appreciate this movie you have to understand where it comes from, i lived in Harlem. i grew up and went to one of those schools. in fact, that class was GOOD compared to mines. we used to throw desks out the balcony and through cubes at the teachers. and that game they played "bet how long before the teacher quites" we played that! we grew up not knowing about chances, scholarships, opportunities all of that was unchartered territory for us we didn't know what it was.

until one man came along, he was a history teacher names Mr. Peterson, funny thing, he looked and acted a lot like the teacher in this movie. and to make a long story short, he helped us to "learn, to love to learn" when you walked in that class room you could here a pin drop. i love history now, i love this movie now because it's real, these things happen, and i hope this movie inspires more people to want to become good teachers. watch the movie


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