An enterprising reporter and television producer named Bob Bowdon has produced a documentary film that every parent ought to see. He asks the question: How has the richest and most innovative society on earth lost the ability to teach our children? He spent two years investigating public education in the United States, specifically in New Jersey, which spends more per student than any other state. He talked to school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and education experts. He tried to get answers to the burning question: How can a state that spends $17,500 per student each year fail them so badly?
This documentary, called The Cartel: It’s Not About the Kids, It’s About the Money, turned out to be a hard-hitting exposé that shows how the union stranglehold on public education is destroying the lives of millions of children. Bad teachers can’t be fired because they have tenure. Politicians are controlled by the unions. Poorer schools received more than $350,000 per classroom in New Jersey’s worst performing districts, but there's been no improvement. An audit found that 29% of spending in New Jersey’s poorest districts is wasted. Whistleblowers are not hailed as heroes but instead they are attacked.
Behind all of the dismal tales of greed, graft and goons are real children stuck in failing schools and cannot even read. The film also explains how unions collude with bureaucrats and politicians to oppose school choice in the form of vouchers or charter schools.
Although New Jersey is the focus of this film, national data prove these problems are nationwide. Despite tremendous spending, only 35% of all American high school students are proficient in national reading tests, and only 23% are proficient in math. You can see a trailer for this movie on the internet at thecartelmovie.com.
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