‘The Lottery’

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.


  1. hannah says:

    The urge to be special or privileged pops up all over the place. The problem is that in many instances “special” is not associated with good quality and privilege morphs into a sense of entitlement, rather than prompting the urge to give something back.

    • ACCmoderate says:

      Hannah there is nothing in this movie that expresses a desire to be “special.” All these parents want is the chance to send their kid to a school that isn’t rife with umotivated teachers, outdated technology, insufficient supplies, and the other problems that typically keep inner-city schools churning out legions of poorly educated children.

      These parents don’t want their kids to be special… they want them to be normal and to have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.

      • polisavvy says:

        Sorry, ACC, but you wasted a wonderful and touching analysis of the movie on “hannah.” She is what I like to call an antagonist. I feel the same as you — they just want better for their children. Shouldn’t all parents? We owe them that much!

    • Lady Thinker says:

      Are you talking about these kids or deal? If you are talking about these kids, your comments don’t make sense. If you are talking about deal, they do make sense but you are on the wrong page.

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