The Cartel 2010 NR CC

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American public schools are failing, despite leading the world in spending per student. THE CARTEL examines how the richest society on earth lost the ability to teach its children.

Bob Bowdon, Bill Baroni
1 hour 33 minutes

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The Cartel

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Genres Documentary
Director Bob Bowdon
Starring Bob Bowdon, Bill Baroni
Supporting actors Rick Berman, Michael Bloomberg, Clint Bolick, Derrell Bradford, Tom Brokaw, Elaine Brown, Mika Brzezinski, Pat Buchanan, Mary Jane Cooper, John Corcoran, Angel Cordero, Jon Corzine, Jim Coston, Lucille Davy, Lou Dobbs, Weysan Dun, Dana Egreczky, Robert Enlow
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Hackberry School District: 51 students!
Benjamin Harris
Bowdon does a very good job of not saying that the teacher makes too money.
Michael A. Ielpi
Great documentary pointing out the failures in our public education system.
C. Eliades

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Seeker of Knowledge on May 19, 2012
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First let me say the bad- this video highlights issues not related to most school districts. For example, organized crime and nepotism do not infiltrate most districts. There were a few times in the video in which the roles of the union and the school board were interchanged. (What happened with the editor?) The greatest disservice of this video is the bias on teachers. Teachers are on the frontline. Most are there not for the pay, not to kick back, not for the vacation, or the hours. Bad teachers are few. Principals and other adminstrators that are doing their job model, encourage, and train teachers in continuous improvement; and they seek to remove the incompetent ones. The Cartel fails to mention that even before a tenured bad-teacher IS FIRED by due process, most bad-teachers are smart enough to go somewhere else or quit the profession.

Compliments to the Cartel for reporting how the district spends money, its failed accountability, and its propaganda to the public. Districts are about money, funding, staffing, and numbers. Districts are good at pointing fingers and hiding truths. Whether you agree with vouchers or not, at least this video gives insight to what they mean, and the politics associated with them. Thank you Cartel for pointing out- kids should be supported by ADMINISTRATION and EDUCATORS, encouraged to work hard, to learn, and to succeed.
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28 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Harris on December 16, 2010
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"In case you think this documentary is about New Jersey, it's not. It's about American Education - a multi-billion dollar cartel" - Bob Bowden

The amount of research done to produce this documentary is impressive. Even though New Jersey is the poster child for dysfunctional K-12 education systems, this film vividly shows the same problems we have right here in Arizona.

Example: Maryland has a (slightly) larger population than Arizona yet Arizona has nearly 10 times as many school districts!!!

Example: Riverside Elementary School District: 720 students!
Example: Gila Bend Unified School District: 470 students!
Example: Maricopa County Regional District: 310 students!
Example: Morristown Elementary District: 196 students!
Example: Paloma School District: 72 students!
Hackberry School District: 51 students!
Owens-Whitney Elementary District: 47 students!
Yucca Elementary District: 34 students!
Empire Elementary District: 15 students!

The list goes on and on!!!

It's highly likely that in at least some of these school districts there are far more employees and administrators than students!
(Source: The Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Report 2008-2009 [...] )

Reforming Education is not about needing more money. It is about using money more responsibly, introducing free market principles and school choice.

$2.2 Million from teachers unions got prop. 100 passed in AZ. which nets the Education Cartel in Arizona a cool $1.8 Billion over the next 3 years!

Tell everyone you know about this movie and expose the crimes taking place right under our very noses.

"They've been pimping our children for a very long time" - Dana Rone-City Council-Newark, NJ
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John A. Bailo on February 10, 2012
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This documentary presents itself as fair and balanced, but in the end simply cheer leads for charter schools. Here in the Northwest, Bellevue, WA has stellar public schools with many in the list of the top in the nation. Suburban public school systems often teach for half the price per pupil of urban schools and produce scholars. The problem is not schools, the problem is urban density. Clear strong, but low cost neighborhoods, can be free of corruption and deliver education as good or better than the most elite private school. Charter schools only introduce a redundant and rickety infrastructure that is not needed.
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25 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 17, 2010
Format: DVD
This film is a four alarm fire bell. Every citizen who cares about this nation needs to see this movie and tell ten other people. Buy it for your friends, invite people over to watch, set up a road block on your street and force people to watch... whatever it takes. The movie is about education. No - it's really about the massively immoral and criminal activity occurring *instead* of education. Here's a hint: whenever you hear the phrase "it's for the children" from elected officials, public bureaucrats and union chiefs, grab your wallets, hide your children and devise Plan B because you and your family are about to be churned into the statistics and trapped without options in hell.

Filmmaker Bob Bowdon focuses on the New Jersey cartel but the facts and methods he illuminates apply nationwide in varying degrees. New Jersey is the most egregious example and astute citizens are aware of the pitched battle underway between Gov. Chris Christie and the NJ teacher's unions. Pay attention to this unfolding tale because Christie's success (God-willing) or failure signals the future for the rest of the country. Gov. Christie deserves all of our support in his groundbreaking endeavor, just as Bob Bowdon deserves our support and the highest praise for making this important and highly effective film. It will be up to citizens to create the buzz because those entrenched in the system will resist at all costs and attempt to keep the information under wraps for yet another half century. While millions more children stagnate and drift aimlessly into society without any basic skills, much less the means to support themselves or become productive citizens.

Please see The Cartel, support it, and then do whatever you can to translate the information into action.
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