MINOT, N.D. — There is a moment in “Bad Education” (currently streaming on HBO) where a precocious student reporter for the school paper, tasked with writing a fluff piece, instead decides to pursue a scandal involving her school’s administrators.
The student, suspecting something amiss in the bidding process for a construction project at her school, wants to see the records.
The assistant superintendent, played by Allison Janney, gives her a long-winded and bullying speech intended to back her off.
Who does this student think she is, questioning adults about adult business?
At the end of the lecture, the student after the documents — Geraldine Viswanathan, playing real-life Rebekah Rombom — asks, “but they’re still public documents, right?”