Protect Our Public Schools (POPS), Manasota will host a free screening of an award winning documentary film, “Backpack Full of Cash”, on Wednesday August 22nd starting at 5:00pm. All 2018 Sarasota School Board candidates have been invited to attend. The format of the event will be as follows: the documentary will be screened from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, followed by a panel of Sarasota School Board Candidates. Candidates will have 5 minutes to discuss their reaction to issues raised by the film. The audience will then have an opportunity to ask candidates questions.
Narrator Matt Damon explains:
“I got involved in ‘Backpack Full of Cash’ because I believe that every kid should have access to great public schools. I got a great education in public schools, and my mom is an educator, so I know just how hard teachers work every day.”
School privatization has become the most critical issue facing Florida schools throughout the state and here in Sarasota. This documentary addresses this issue by exploring the growing privatization of public schools in the US through corporate-driven education “reform.” Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, “Backpack Full of Cash” takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, showing the effects of school privatization on students and communities. This documentary was shown at major film festivals throughout the country. Rather than releasing it commercially, the producers decided to make “Backpack Full of Cash” available only to community groups and organizations that are interested in strengthening public education.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to share this dynamic and awareness raising film to our community, and we hope to welcome a full house of public education teachers, parents, administrators, political candidates and especially voters.
“Backpack Full Of Cash” Official Trailer – https://vimeo.com/189823117