Saturday, June 12, 2010

Documenting the “Lottery”

There’s a lot to like about this story. Not just the factual expose of the public education system and its backers, but also the objectivity of the reporter. Would that some in the mainstream media follow her lead.

Here's part of the intro to give you an idea what the story's about:
In the spring of 2008, Ms. Sackler, then a freelance film editor, caught a segment on the local news about New York's biggest lottery. It wasn't the Powerball. It was a chance for 475 lucky kids to get into one of the city's best charter schools (publicly funded schools that aren't subject to union rules).

"I was blown away by the number of parents that were there," Ms. Sackler tells me over coffee on Manhattan's Upper West Side, recalling the thousands of people packed into the Harlem Armory that day for the drawing. "I wanted to know why so many parents were entering their kids into the lottery and what it would mean for them." And so Ms. Sackler did what any aspiring filmmaker would do: She grabbed her camera.

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