June 5, 2010; Source: Wall Street Journal | Today is National Public Education Day and the well-timed release of a one-day-only showing of new documentary film called, “The Lottery.” The movie, directed by first-time film maker Madeleine Sackler, follows four families in Harlem as they navigate the public school system and enter an intense process to win a coveted seat at a New York City Charter School. Along the way the film exposes a “turf war about the future of public education.”
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The trailer is powerful and the film promises to be controversial. If nothing else, this movie will clearly point out that public education is in crisis and needs a pathway to change.—Kristin Barrali