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Smart Talk: "Kids for Cash" documentary and early education

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Feb 23, 2014 11:53 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, February 24th:


Four years after the so-called "kids for cash" scandal broke in Luzerne County, a new documentary film by the same name is being released across the state and country.

"Kids for Cash," the movie, details the impact the corruption case had on the children, their families and the entire community.

The audience will also hear directly from the two judges now serving lengthy federal prison terms for their roles in the scandal involving for-profit juvenile detention facilities.

Coming up on Smart Talk, we'll hear from Producer/Director Robert May about his interest in the project, the filmmaking process and what he hopes to impress upon the audience.

Later we'll discuss another issue important to parents: early childhood education. Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children President and CEO Joan Benso and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Pennsylvania State Director Bruce Clash will join us to discuss the new "Pre-K for PA" campaign and what the research says about early learning.


Bruce Clash Joan Benso

A new PPC report finds that 70 percent of the state's 3 and 4 year old children don't have access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. The numbers for some midstate counties are even higher.

Governor Corbett has proposed an 11.5 percent increase in "Pre-K Counts" funding in next year's budget. We'll ask our guests how much progress that investment would make toward the campaign's goal of ensuring quality Pre-K access for all children.

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  • Jim Foster img 2014-02-24 09:46

    Any chance that this documentary will air on WITF TV?