See the Agony and Ecstasy of a Charter-School Wait-List


THIS WEEKEND, you can view “The Lottery”, which is a feature-length documentary movie about four low-income families hoping to win the chance for their child to attend an excellent charter school, Harlem Success Academy, instead of the failing district public school. You have four opportunities to watch it THIS WEEKEND at

Unlike other school-choice documentaries, this movie describes the emotional dimension of  parental choice in education.  You are introduced to four low-income families and experience the love and hope that the parents have for their children and their education.

You witness the hostility and persecution that the educational establishment has for this successful charter school, which prevents the charter school from expanding in order to take more children off of its wait-list.

The climax of the movie is the meeting for the lottery drawing.  The auditorium is filled with thousands of families hoping to win one of the 475 open slots to attend Harlem Success Academy.  Since the movie allows you to develop an emotional relationship with these families. You feel the elation of the one family that wins a slot for their daughter and the disappointment of the other three families that do not win.

I highly recommend the movie.  Take time this holiday weekend to experience the agony and ecstasy of “The Lottery”.

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