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The Cartel


A hard-hitting documentary by reporter and news anchor Bob Bowdon, The Cartel exposes the corruption, waste, and intimidation in our nation's 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 puts a human face on the educational cartel and the people it harms. The film tells the harrowing, infuriating, and outrageous stories of New Jersey parents, children, teachers, reformers, whistleblowers, and policymakers. 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. Official Film Website

“A brisk, incisive and mind-boggling—no other phrase will work—exposé.”—Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times


Documentary feature
Bob Bowdon
Jen Wekelo
Morgan Beatty
Vinny Randazzo
David Wittlin
Sam Wolfson
90 minutes

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  • 2.1.13The 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.
  • 10.30.12The 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.
  • 2.27.12The 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.
  • 1.28.12The Cartel screens at the home of Lisa Snell in Lake Mathews, CA, at 4:00 p.m., as part of National School Choice Week. More information is available here.
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