Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary 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, it takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of education “reform” where public education – starved of resources- hangs in the balance.
“The vision of American education that made this a distinctive place — the school that would be open to the rich and poor alike — that institution is endangered in many places. And in some places it seems almost irreparably lost.” — David Kirp, Author Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools
"An unrelenting indictment…I’m still thinking about it and suspect I’ll do that for a while more…Your film spells it out pretty graphically and poignantly...That you’ve gone where most journalists and documentarians haven’t, makes it all the more poignant" — Ira Spiegel
"A powerful warning of the dangers public schools are facing from privatizing forces… Everyone who values democratic education needs to see this." — Jonathan Kozol, Advocate for children and author of Savage Inequalities and Fire in the Ashes
"Riveting…Debunks the notion that market-based ‘reforms’ will improve public education." —David Sciarra, Executive Director, Education Law Center