Published: Nov. 21, 2017
Backpack Full of Cash poster

Join School and Society instructors and Dean Kathy Schultz for a film screening of the documentary, Backpack Full of Cash, on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Eaton Humanities, HUMN 1B50.

Narrated by Matt Damon, Backpack Full of Cash is a feature-length documentary that explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, the film takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of corporate-driven education “reform” where public education — starved of resources — hangs in the balance.

Free and open to the public, the film screening will be followed by a panel and Q&A dicussion with attendees and four education faculty members, including:

  • Michele Moses, professor of educational foundations, policy and practice 
  • Michelle Renée Valladares, associate director of the National Education Policy Center
  • Kevin Welner, professor of educational foundations, policy and practice 
  • Terri Wilson, assistant professor of educational foundations, policy and practice 

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