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Release Date: June 18th, 2010

DVD Release Date: October 5th, 2010

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 21 min

Plot Summary
This documentary, directed by Madeleine Sackler, shows the tough choices that face inner-city parents regarding their children's education. With public schools, especially in poor areas, often failing to effectively educate children, many parents have turned to charter schools. The film examines the issue and chronicles the journey of four families from Harlem and the Bronx in New York City attempting to overcome the long odds and gain entrance for their children in a successful charter school.

Cast: Joel Klein, Susan Taylor, Cory Booker, Geoffrey Canada, Eva Moskowitz, Dacia Toll

Director: Madeleine Sackler

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: Rivalry, Sacrifice, Inspiring, Touching, 2010s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • With fierce arguments, often drawn on partisan lines, raging across the country, The Lottery will be of vital interest to anyone interested in the topic, especially the parents of young children. show more

  • The film has no ready answers, although it becomes abundantly clear that both those for and against charter schools are more concerned with covering their own asses than with helping students get a quality education. show more

  • The documentary shows the stranglehold that the teachers union has on politicians, particularly Democratic politicians. The arrogance and ignorance of some of these politicians is galling. show more

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