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A new documentary exploring the growing privatization of public schools, and the impact on America's most vulnerable children. (The campaign is now over, but click below to get involved.)
A new documentary exploring the growing privatization of public schools, and the impact on America's most vulnerable children. (The campaign is now over, but click below to get involved.)
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    A signed copy of the companion book to the award-winning PBS series, SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education. This critically-renowned book is an extraordinary gift for the teachers, scholars, or students around you.

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    A signed copy of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education" by bestselling author, NYU Professor, and former Assistant Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch. Ravitch is a long-time education expert— and the new edition of her book is a crucial read for parents, children, teachers, and politicians across America.

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    A complete DVD set of the award-winning PBS series, SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this four-part series weaves archival footage, rare interviews, and live action footage into an astonishing, comprehensive portrait of public education in America from the one-room schoolhouse to the year 2000.

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    Principal for the Day

    Beautiful BACKPACK FULL OF CASH poster designed by Brandon Schaefer at Jump/Cut Creative - signed by the Director and Producer and framed.

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    BACKPACK FULL OF CASH will be screening at schools, universities, and community groups across the nation. At this level of funding, you'll receive two tickets to the screening of your choice-- and a public thank-you at the screening for your generous support!

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    An Apple for Teacher

    A signed copy of UC Berkeley education and public policy expert David Kirp’s book, "Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools". Kirp spent a year in the classrooms of New Jersey to research this compelling tale of Union City's public school system, and this book, detailing his year across the country, is a pragmatic, compelling analysis of what's needed in modern education.

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    Artist and animator Patrick Smith will send you an exclusive, high-resolution print from a piece of original animation! Patrick has worked at PBS, the Lincoln Center, and Esquire Magazine-- check him out at blend-films.blogspot.com!

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    Two VIP tickets to BACKPACK's premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival on October 29th! Includes attendance to the film premiere, the following Q and A, and exclusive meetup with the film team afterwards.

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    Interested in documentary filmmaking or looking for a great present for a young person who needs mentoring? This exclusive opportunity is for you! Ask questions and pitch ideas to BACKPACK's renowned Director and Producer in a one-hour meeting to discuss the process of making a documentary. Available either in-person or by Skype!

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