Tonight I attending a screening of a documentary called ‘The Lottery.’ The event was sponsored by the Center For An Educated Georgia and the Georgia Charter School Association. The film follows four families who have entered their children into a lottery to get into the Harlem Success Academy (a network of public charter schools in Harlem and the Bronx).
As you might imagine, the film is an emotional one. The parents view the school lottery as their only hope for giving their kids a chance to get ahead. Harlem Success Academy faces strong opposition from the School Board, the teacher’s union and even ACORN. Yet, the demand for these charter schools increases each year and parents who’s kids don’t make it try again and again.
Here’s the trailer.
Meanwhile on October 12th, the Georgia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Constitutionality of the Georgia Charter School Commission.