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Directed byCorey Burres
Produced bySteven Maggi
Written byLauren Zammit
Narrated byJoe Mantegna
Distributed byZia Film Distributors LLC John McLean Media
Release date
  • March 11, 2008 (2008-03-11)
Running time
46 minutes
CountryUnited States

Flunked is a 2008 documentary film conceived by and executive produced by Steven Maggi, directed by Corey Burres and narrated by actor Joe Mantegna. It explores problems in the United States public education system and reviews successful education reform solutions in both charter and public schools, letting leading educators tell their stories.


Flunked studies the relatively poor position of the United States public education system; in the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment, the country's mean performance was merely average among the OECD member states tested,[1][2] and according to a 2015 survey of members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, just 16% of them called American K-12 STEM education above average or best.[2] The film also, though, explores some of the system's successes.

The first 20 minutes review many of the system's problems, as well as schools nationwide that prepared students well for college in the 2000s. Based on their high test scores, their graduates seemed capable of working and competing in tomorrow's economy. The documentary shows ways to reform troubled public schools, as well as alternatives to them, including charter schools.


Steven Maggi

  • Joe Mantegna, narrator
  • John Merrifield
  • Dan Nicklay
  • Dennis Pantano
  • Bill Proser
  • David Scortt
  • Jason Singer
  • Caitlyn Snaring
  • Traci Snaring
  • Matt Sween
  • Matt Wingard


Flunked won Best Documentary at the San Fernando Valley International Film Festival in Los Angeles, Best Educational Documentary at the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival in Houston, the Award of Merit from the Accolade Competition, and the first ever SPNovation Award.


  1. ^ "PISA 2015 Results in Focus" (PDF). OECD. 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. students' academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries". Pew Research Center. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2018-09-13.

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