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A hard-hitting documentary by reporter and news anchor Bob Bowdon, The Cartel exposes the corruption, waste, and intimidation in our nations public schools. Arguing that our public school system wastes billions of dollars each year, while our children learn less and less, The Cartel makes a compelling case for far-reaching and immediate reform centered on school choice.
In this stunning exposé, Bowdon unearths janitors who rake in over $100,000 a year, uncovers a failing urban high school that annually spends a whopping $419,000 per classroom, and finds that the city of Newarks annual education bill works out to over $20,000 per student. But pumping money into the states public schools has not improved student learning, Bowdon finds. Although New Jersey spends more per pupil than any other state, only 37 percent of the states fourth-graders are proficient in reading. Only 36 percent of its eighth-graders are proficient in math.
Telling the harrowing, infuriating, and outrageous stories of New Jersey parents, children, teachers, reformers, whistleblowers, and policymakers, The Cartel puts a human face on the educational cartel and the people it harms. Offering an unforgettable look at how a widespread national crisis manifests itself in the educational failures and frustrations of individual communities, the film balances its compelling storylines against interviews with nationally known education experts such as Harvards Paul Peterson, Stanfords Caroline Hoxby, the Fordham Foundations Chester Finn, and the Pacific Research Institutes Lance Izumi.
Meticulously researched and strikingly presented, The Cartel is an eloquent, compelling argument for ending the wasteful system that for too long has robbed American children of their potential and their promise. Systemic, self-interested corruption could not continue if parents had the freedom to choose schools for their children, Bowdon argues. School choice could end the monopoly of government-run public schools, distribute and decentralize power, and create incentives for better, more cost-effective education.
2013-02-01 | The Cartel screens at 7:00pm at NJ Liberty Headquarters in Hightstown, NJ, as part of National School Choice Week. Following the movie, liberty-minded former NJ teacher Beth Kercado will be speaking about her experience inside the NJ education machine. More information is available here.
2012-10-30 | The Cartel will screen at St. John's University, at 6:00 p.m., held by the Education Law Society. The screening will be held at the School of Law, at a private dining room on the ground floor. More information is available here.
2012-02-27 | The Cartel screens at the Beckman Center at Colorado Christian University, at 7:00 p.m. Director Bob Bowdon and former Education Commissioner Bill Moloney will hold a discussion following the screening. More information is available here.View full event archive for The Cartel ››