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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.

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  • Nov 18, 2010
    I hadn't heard of this. I only knew that it was similar subject matter as Waiting for Superman, which has got a lot of press. So I watched it thinking maybe it was a so-so version of that film. But I was pleasantly surprised. Basically it follows different charter schools in New York, and shows how vastly superior they are at educating children than the NY public school system. These schools are funded by private donations, so kids an get in for free, which creates a huge amount of applicants with only a fraction of slots available. So a lottery is held to see who gets in. The biggest surprise was how many people are against these schools, mostly driven by teacher's unions and fear of gentrification. I still haven't seen Waiting for Superman, but this a fine film for the time being. ~On netflix streaming~
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