Special Guests: Teachers, students, parents, and community
UTLA’s Task Force Against Prop 39
A screening of ‘Backpack Full of Cash,’ a documentary narrated by Matt Damon, takes an urgently-needed look at how charter schools, vouchers and the privatization movement are threatening the nation’s public schools. In the wake of the 2016 presidential elections and the appointment of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, as well as the installation of a pro-charter majority of the LAUSD School Board, BACKPACK is more timely than ever. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, BACKPACK 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.
Presented by UTLA’s Task Force Against Prop 39, the event will include a panel moderated by John Rogers, Director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access. Panelists include Donald Cohen, the executive director of In the Public Interest, a national policy center promoting the common good; Delmar Thomas, a parent at Baldwin Hills Elementary School and several students whose schools are being targeted for colocation by charter schools.
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
Time: 4pm - 8pm
4:00 pm – “Social/Networking Hour”
5:00 pm – Welcome/Film Screening
7:00 pm – Panel Discussion
Parking is limited at RFK. We recommend validating at UTLA and walking two blocks west to the theatre. UTLA parking is in the structure behind the building off Berendo. We will validate.