Courtesy of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords,the film Two Million Minutes is now immortalized in the US Congressional Record as show below:
Congressional Recognition for BASIS Charter Schools
Entered into the Congressional Record on September 30, 2009
Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the nationally acclaimed BASIS Charter Schools which provide outstanding educational services in Tucson, Arizona.
American students often lag behind their counterparts in other countries and we know that action must be taken to reverse this trend. BASIS Charter Schools give us a national model that demonstrates how we can effectively address this serious decline in educational performance.
Ten year ago, Michael and Olga Block embarked on their mission to create a “New American” school. They established the BASIS Charter Schools. The BASIS philosophy understands that math and science are essentially the languages of the 21st century.
These forward-thinking founders say that great teachers are responsible for the schools’ successes. At BASIS, the teachers hold themselves and their students to high standards and levels of accountability. Students engage in a demanding course of study that gives them the skills needed to compete in the new global economy.
BASIS has received many well deserved awards. The high school has been selected in each of the last four years by Newsweek magazine as one of the top 10 high schools in the United States. During the 2008-2009 academic year, BASIS students received perfect marks on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) exam. In 2009, BASIS was the only high school in Arizona with 100 percent of its students passing the AIMS exam in every subject tested.
Documentary filmmaker, Robert A. Compton, has produced a film about BASIS schools entitled 2 Million Minutes: The 21st Century Solution. The title comes from the time a student spends in school from eighth grade until high school graduation. The filmmaker lauds BASIS schools saying that they “demonstrate that American students are capable of competing academically with the best in the world.” The film will premiere in Tucson on October 1, 2009.
I am proud to acknowledge the great achievements of BASIS Charter Schools. The founders, the teachers, the students and their parents are leading the way for the critical improvements we must bring about in our public education system.
Member of Congress