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The Cartel (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 9 October 2009 (USA)
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American public schools have been growing progressively worse. According to the U.S. Department of Education national testing, only 35% of American high school seniors are proficient in ... See full summary »

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Bob Bowdon

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Bowdon Bob Bowdon ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Baroni Bill Baroni ... Himself
Rick Berman Rick Berman ... Himself - Executive Director, Center for Union Facts
Michael Bloomberg ... Himself - New York City Mayor (archive footage)
Clint Bolick Clint Bolick ... Himself
Derrell Bradford Derrell Bradford ... Himself
Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage)
Elaine Brown ... Herself (archive footage)
Mika Brzezinski ... Herself (archive footage)
Pat Buchanan ... Himself (archive footage)
Mary Jane Cooper Mary Jane Cooper ... Herself
John Corcoran John Corcoran ... Himself
Angel Cordero Angel Cordero ... Himself
Jon Corzine ... Himself - New Jersey Governor (archive footage)
Jim Coston Jim Coston ... Himself
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American public schools have been growing progressively worse. According to the U.S. Department of Education national testing, only 35% of American high school seniors are proficient in reading, based on 2006 data. And fewer than one-in-four, 23%, are proficient in math. On the global stage, America ranks last in educational effectiveness among large industrialized countries despite the highest spending per student in the world. It presents a conundrum: How has the richest and most innovative society on earth suddenly lost the ability to teach its children at a level that other modern countries consider "basic"? If the problem is that we're not spending enough on schools, which many people believe, it's instructive to study the U.S. state that spends more than any other per student: New Jersey With spending as high as $483,000 per classroom (confirmed by NJ Education Department records for 2005-06), New Jersey students fare only slightly better than the national average in reading and... Written by Anonymous

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9 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,694, 18 April 2010

Gross USA:

$87,763

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,763
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It's like Michael Moore meets NJ schools!
2 April 2010 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Bob Bowdon is the host and narrator of this impressive documentary about the education system in New Jersey. He tries to focus on a variety of issues like charter schools, NJEA, unions, politics, contracts, violence, and why are schools are still failing despite spending a lot per student then the other states. Well, this documentary is indictment of the state's system. He compares New Jersey to the Maryland system where they have few districts about 20 and New Jersey has about 600 districts. There is a lot of fat to cut and trim the education system. There is a lot wrong with the New Jersey public school system. The children get lost and are left behind by politics, greed, and a system still failing them. If these schools were hospitals, they would be closed by now. Just watch this documentary if you want to know what's going on and follow the money.


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