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Norman screening of 'The Cartel' a major success!

July 07, 2011 J

The Cartel wowed yet another crowd, this time in Norman!

School is out and the Oklahoma summer is brutal, but that didn’t stop AFP-Oklahoma from taking The Cartel out on the road, this time to downtown Norman USA.

The site for this discussion about education reform was Joy’s on the corner of Crawford and Main. Even though this was a lunchtime affair, a healthy crowd of 75 came out to see the documentary, The Cartel, then interact with panelists to discuss education issues within the state. AFP-Oklahoma was joined by state Rep. Scott Martin and Ginger Tilley, executive director of the Professional Oklahoma Educators.

Looking at the education system in New Jersey, The Cartel examines the graft, greed and corruption inside the Garden State’s educational framework. The movie has stats and facts so amazing you can’t help but laugh – after picking up your jaw from the floor. And while the movie didn’t focus on our state, it did serve as a jumping-off point for our panel.

With moderation of the Q&A handled by State Director Stuart Jolly, the crowd asked questions related classroom sizes, school district consolidation, education spending and why Oklahoma languishes at the back of the pack when it comes to proficiency levels in math, reading and science. An emotional topic, the audience posed a couple of questions and comments that made some interesting points in just how education impacts every home in the state.

We at AFP-Oklahoma hope those in attendance enjoyed the evening and will discuss with others what they heard, because improving the education situation in the state truly impacts us all, as today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and business owners. We also wish to thank our distinguished panel for giving their time to discuss this important subject.

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