Coalition for Public Education Invites Public to Movie Viewing

Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education to screen Matt Damon’s “Backpack Full of Cash”

When:  January 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Where:  Merrillville High School auditorium, 276 E. 68th Place

Cost:  Free

January 3, 2018-The Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education (NWICPE) is sponsoring a free screening of Backpack Full of Cash, a documentary film by Matt Damon that explores the real costs of privatization on public schools and the children they serve.

Director/Producer Sarah Mondale said ” My grandmother taught music in a one-room schoolhouse. My mother taught English to adult immigrants. I myself am a former teacher. My father, a marvelous historian, loved to tell me about this country’s longstanding respect for public education. “Just look at the Northwest Ordinance,” he would say. “When we were barely even a country, all the new states had to set aside land for public universities and ‘forever encourage schools.’”  Together with co-producer/editor Vera Aranow the pair explained  “It took us five years to make BACKPACK FULL OF CASH, and our fundamental concern has not changed: Why dismantle our public school system? Instead, why not make it work for every child?”

The film will be shown Wednesday, January 24, at 6 p.m. in the Merrillville High School auditorium, 276 E. 68th Place, Merrillville. Please use entrance M. For more event information, you can check the