Families & the Community

Actress Heeds Call to Support Public Schools

By Linda Jacobson — October 01, 2004 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Helen Hunt says she has plenty of reasons to support public education. The Oscar- and Emmy-award-winning actress was educated in public schools, she has teachers in her family, and her 7-year-old stepson attends a public school.

But perhaps her greatest reason for becoming involved in last week’s National Mobilization for Great Public Schools came earlier this year when her first child, daughter Makena’lei, was born.

See Also

Return to the main story,

“I don’t feel that all is lost,” Ms. Hunt said about public schools, as guests gathered outside the Hollywood home of Stuart Sender and Julie Bergman Sender, two film producers who held one of thousands of such “house parties” throughout the country.

The gathering, which also drew the actor Mike Farrell, the political commentator Arianna Huffington, and dozens of politically active young people, seemed an unlikely one for an event boosting public education. After all, A-list celebrities and others noted for their accomplishments in the entertainment industry compete for spots in this city’s exclusive private schools.

But the fact that support for edu cation has generally not been a cause taken up by those in Ms. Hunt’s field is another reason the actress says she is now getting involved in “bringing public education into the dialogue.”

While she describes herself as introverted and “usually pretty quiet” about politics, she said she would be willing to take part in additional events related to such issues.

But she said she has no specific plans to recruit other actors for the cause of public education. She simply intends—as a video shown at the parties urged—to tell five friends to register to vote.

Wearing a T-shirt reading “November 2,” she certainly was not shy about her opinions on President Bush and the No Child Left Behind Act.

“I think it was a colossal disaster filled with broken promises,” she said about the law, adding that not enough attention is being given to education during this presidential election.

“I just hope that [the law] compels people to vote.”

Related Tags:

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Recruitment & Retention Webinar
Be the Change: Strategies to Make Year-Round Hiring Happen
Learn how to leverage actionable insights to diversify your recruiting efforts and successfully deploy a year-round recruiting plan.
Content provided by Frontline
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Critical Ways Leaders Can Build a Culture of Belonging and Achievement
Explore innovative practices for using technology to build an environment of belonging and achievement for all staff and students.
Content provided by DreamBox Learning
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Professional Development Webinar
Strategies for Improving Student Outcomes with Teacher-Student Relationships
Explore strategies for strengthening teacher-student relationships and hear how districts are putting these methods into practice to support positive student outcomes.
Content provided by Panorama Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Families & the Community How Teachers Can Build Productive Relationships With Families
Advice for early-career teachers on working with students' parents and families.
6 min read
Image of a teacher interacting with a family.
Laura Baker/Education Week and iStock/Getty
Families & the Community Opinion How to Make Parent Engagement Meaningful
Parents can serve as valuable education resources for their children—and teachers.
4 min read
family remote ed Opinion
Feodora Chiosea/iStock/Getty
Families & the Community Republicans' Confidence in Public Schools Plummets, Gallup Poll Finds
Republicans' confidence in public schools dropped more sharply than Democrats', the latest Gallup poll finds.
3 min read
Image of a small U.S. flag in a pencil case.
iStock/Getty
Families & the Community How Can Parents Best Support Teachers? We Asked
We asked educators on social media to share the most helpful ways families can support their work.
3 min read
Illustration of a parent and child outside of a school building.
E+/Getty