Charter Schools and the Lottery

I watched a documentary called “The Lottery”. It was very similar to the book I read by Paul Tough, except it made me a lot sadder. Reading about children not getting a proper education and their parents being frustrated is a lot easier to deal with than watching it. I did not take notes while watching it because I plan to watch it again. I just wanted to get a feel for it and make sure I allow it to affect me. The documentary was about the lottery system that the New York charter schools use to admit students into the schools. It was so sad because the audience was introduced to three or four families and their situation with the education system in New York. At the end, all of those families went to the lottery hoping that their children’s names would be called; most of their names were not called. This means that those students were stuck with the inadequate public schools in their neighborhoods and that they would have to either be placed on a waiting list or apply again the next year. It was really quite depressing.


I have decided that I need to know more about charter schools and how they work. I want to know the purpose of them, the process of creating one, and the methods used to make them successful. Following that, I would like to know what specific methods have been used to increase the opportunities of low-income underrepresented students to get into and graduate from college. I will go to the library this week to find a book about charter schools.


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