Daley, Briggs co-sponsoring documentary screening of film that explores privatization of public schools

BRYN MAWR, Dec. 18 – State Reps. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, and Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, are co-sponsoring a documentary screening of “Backpack Full of Cash,” a film narrated by Academy Award-winning actor, producer and screenwriter Matt Damon.

According to its website, the feature-length documentary “explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children.” Part of it was filmed in Philadelphia.

The documentary screening, free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at Ludington Public Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.

“This film examines the vitally important issue of so-called market-based education reform and the trend of privatizing public schools,” Daley said. “These actions have had a devastating effect on public education and, more specifically, our most vulnerable children. But ‘Backpack Full of Cash’ doesn’t just delve into the negative; it also shows us a model for improving schools without charters or vouchers. I very much look forward to the screening.”

“All of our children deserve a quality education,” Briggs said. “I hope anyone interested in learning more about what’s happening in public schools can attend this film screening.”

“Backpack Full of Cash” was directed and produced by Sarah Mondale, while Vera Aronow served as a producer and editor.

Sign-in for the Jan. 6 screening begins at 6:30 p.m. The film starts at 7.