Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Documentary Exposes Mass Corruption in New Jersey Public School System

From Reason:

Over the weekend, I spoke at a conference in Philadelphia hosted by Students for Liberty, an impressive, rapidly growing national affiliation of libertarian-minded college students. One of the other speakers was Bob Bowdon, the occasional "reporter" for the Onion News Network (where he goes by the character name Brian Scott) and host of a forthcoming talk show on PBS.

Bowdon was speaking to promote The Cartel, a serious documentary he produced exposing some jaw-dropping corruption in the New Jersey public school system. New Jersey spends more education dollars per pupil than any other state, which Bowdon says made the state ideal for a documentary showing how much of that money goes to waste—and how little it buys in terms of actual education.


  1. Gee, what a surprise. Corruption in New Jersey. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just get some honest people in high places? I can dream, can't I?

  2. It's sad that it's commonplace, and sadder still that most of us just nod and grin about it. Personally, I think the problem is too far gone to really do much about it.

    's proposal to consolidate schools and services should help, in theory. But when small, rural towns like Sussex and Wantage vote to not merge, that gives me little hope that suburban and urban towns ever will.