BACKPACK FULL OF CASH gives viewers an inside look into how a nationwide coalition of “reformers” is moving the public toward charter schools, vouchers and other programs that shift funds and control away from the public to the private sector. Focusing on the chaotic educational landscape in Philadelphia and other cities that are flash points in the battle over school “reform” and privatization, BACKPACK features thought-provoking interviews with historian Diane Ravitch, policy analyst Linda Darling Hammond, and journalist David Kirp. The film leaves viewers with critical questions about what it will mean for our nation’s democracy if public education disappears.
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