Host a Film Screening!

You can raise awareness about the privatization of our public schools by hosting a screening party. To get the party started, choose from the many videos that have been produced by parents and educators to inform the public about the billionaire greed and corruption that has led to so many public schools being undeservedly labeled as failures. The closing of "failing" schools has been harmful to families across the nation, especially to those living in poor minority communities. Contact us to suggest additional films.
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Choose a film or video from the list below. Some are available free online and can be streamed or copied to a disc. Others may be purchased by contacting the distributor. Costs range from about $15.00 for a disc to about $250.00 per screening in large venues. This wide range of excellent resources assures that any group will be able to afford to host a showing.

Education, Inc. is told through the eyes of parent and filmmaker Brian Malone, as he travels cross-country in search of the answers and sources behind the privatizing of American public education, and what it means for his kids. With striking footage from school protests, raucous school board meetings and interviews with some of the most well known educators in the country, Malone zooms out to paint a clear picture of profit and politics that’s sweeping across the nation, right under our noses.

For decades, standardized testing has been a part of public education. Within the last ten years, however, the testing has taken on a more important, and possibly more damaging, role. Test scores, mistakenly viewed as effective assessments of student ability and teacher/school effectiveness, are anything but. This film sheds light on the invalid nature of these tests, the terrible consequences of high-stakes testing, and the big money that's involved.

Knewton - Education Datapalooza


What if your math syllabus could tell you what to eat for breakfast to score higher on your quiz tomorrow? Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton, shares his vision for a future where every student receives a truly personalized curriculum best suited to his or her needs. Knewton collects millions of data points about student users in order to provide them with more effective timing and content to enhance learning.

Building the Machine

Building the Machine introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The original documentary is now part of an extended 3-DVD set that includes parent interviews and six supplementary episodes. Together, these segments tell the Common Core’s story in the words of leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee, along with parents, teachers, and a social worker. Everyone—parents, officials, and the American public—should be involved in this national decision regardless of their political persuasion.


Defies Measurement

DEFIES MEASUREMENT strengthens the discussion about public education by exploring why it is so important to address the social and emotional needs of every student, and what happens when the wrong people make decisions for schools.

The Incomvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

The film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, highlights the real life experiences of public school parents and educators to show how these so-called reforms are actually hurting education. The film talks about the kinds of real reform–inside schools and in society as a whole–that we urgently need to genuinely transform education in this country.

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Invite parents, teachers, and members of the community to view the film. Screenings can be for a handful of people in your living room or a crowd at the theater. Show the film.
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Invite questions and comments. Be prepared to lead a discussion about the film. Contact PAA Oregon for resources.