Superintendent Frank makes time for a student from the school newspaper. She's doing a report on a school-related fixture. She puts a tape recorder on Mr. Tassone's desk and asked for a quick soundbite on the projected fixture. Her gives her one and she's satisfied. After she tells him that it's just a fluff piece, per the paper's editor, he motivates her to ask a follow-up question and basically says to do some homework and regard it as more than fluff.
She takes his advice and challenges her male high school newspaper editor. She goes into the school archives to check public record documents. When she notice that some healthy sums of money are going to other places and not to things like the repair of severely damaged and leaking ceilings in the school and administrative offices, she gets a fire inside to do more independent homework on this "fluff" story. Rachel, once a blank-eyed student, transforms into an eagle-eyed, steely journalist.
I'm a Hugh Jackman fan. I've seen him on Broadway in a musical, on TV and in films. Jackman is a definite triple threat talent. Someone who can sing, dance and act. This role, as a man swept up in a twister of greed and corruption, is one of the juiciest roles he's had in year -- and he's excellent in it. If you get HBO, look for BAD EDUCATION.