WE HAVE YOUR KIDS

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A social justice exposé of the armed enmity polling pupils & occupying parents face from enraged school administrators when they derail the school’s million-dollar gravy train.


Coe’s star is a monster. What industry contains the #1 federal lobbyist for 21 years? What industry profits a million bucks for each of the 1600 poor kids schools it closes each year ($1.6 billion profit)? What industry surrounds American kids with military-grade facial recognition cameras and armed police? In a valorous updating of St. George & the Dragon, the education industry; whose laws and politics, big money and militarization make it seemingly invulnerable; is toppled by heroic parents & kids. An unprecedented underdog indie, urgent, journalistic, controversial.


Through the prism of a nationally acclaimed small-town school, polls, and articles show 90% public opposition to the school closing. Resistance to the disinformation and ignorance to the industries' profit motive create anger and the parents occupy the school board. Through the prism of saving a school, Coe journalistically unravels the Machiavellian tactics manipulating the unsuspecting public. Parents are “Appalled.” Taxpayers “Shocked.” Students “Screwed”.


Using his career in communications, Coe fights pedagogues with public speaking, FOIL research, articles, radio appeals, cartooning, house decorations & YouTube. The school retaliates ratcheting up hostility with each bitter battle for what administrators consider their industry loot. Educational Looting is the word of the day.


Are Public schools the further erosion of the America we grew up believing in — once-respected institution failing to serve the people?  Like the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court, big money has so influenced these institutions that they can no longer pretend to serve citizens. WE HAVE YOUR KIDS is an urgent parental reconsideration of and spirited student critique from within, the belly of "public education".