This video, made by the Badass Teachers Association, is part of a series that will dissect the corporate reform effort to privatize American public education. This one describes the work of the Broad-trained superintendents. They are like educational kudzu; once one is installed, they soon surround themselves with other Broadies, as they are known. Some states, like New Jersey and Louisiana, swarm with Broadies. But they are not invincible; some communities, like Sumter, South Carolina; Rockford, Illinois, and Wake County, North Carolina, have gotten rid of them.

The unaccredited Broad Superintendents Academy imbues would-be urban superintendents with a market-reform philosophy. They leave their few weeks of “training” with a determination to close public schools and turn the kids and public property over to private corporations to open deregulated charters.