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Norm Scott, one of the founding members of GEM and ICE, worked in the NYC school system from 1967 to 2002, spending 30 of those years teaching elementary school in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. He retired in July 2002. He has been active in education reform and in the UFT, working with a variety of groups. In 1996 he began publishing Education Notes, a monthly newsletter for teachers attending the UFT Delegate Assembly, expanding into a tabloid distributed citywide for two years in 2002 and into a blog, Ed Notes Online, in Aug. 2006. In 2003 he was one of the founders of the Independent Community of Educators, a caucus within the UFT that raised issues related to the union's seeming unwillingness to oppose the education corporate-based reforms that were undermining the public school system. The Grassroots Education Movement was founded in early 2009 to broaden the battle for public education to include parents and students. In the fall of 2010 a GEM committee called Real Reform Studios decided to make a response to Waiting for Superman. The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman was premiered at Riverside Church in May 2011 with Diane Ravitch as the keynote speaker.