National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Hosts D.C. Premiere of Documentary 'The Lottery'

Jun 23, 2010, 18:37 ET from National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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Free Tickets Available for 7:45 p.m. Showing on Friday, June 25; Filmmaker Madeleine Sackler to Join Alliance President and CEO in Discussion After the Film

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools hosts the D.C. premiere of "The Lottery," a documentary film by director Madeleine Sackler. The film follows four families seeking to enroll children in the acclaimed Harlem Success Academy charter schools. Charter schools are public schools that operate under an agreement, or charter, which sets performance goals and also determines the number of students to be enrolled. When too many students register to enroll, a lottery drawing occurs, ensuring all students have an opportunity to attend the schools.

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"The Lottery" explores why four children want to attend a charter school and looks at the political forces that stifle their choices. The premiere will be held in the Avalon Theater in Washington, D.C. Tickets for the premiere are free but space is limited, so registration is requested. Visit www.publiccharters.org/Lottery_DC_Premiere to register. The film will begin at 7:45 p.m. Afterwards, director Madeleine Sackler and Nelson Smith, president and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, will discuss the film's significance to the national charter school movement.

  • WHO: Madeleine Sackler, director of "The Lottery," and Nelson Smith, president and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • WHAT: D.C. Premiere of the documentary film, "The Lottery," and a discussion with the director to follow
  • WHEN: Friday, June 25, 7:45 - 9:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Avalon Theater, 5612 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., between McKinley and Northampton Streets

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (http://www.publiccharters.org) is the national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. The Alliance works to increase the number of high-performing charter schools available to all families, particularly low-income and minority families who currently do not have access to quality public schools. The Alliance provides assistance to state charter school associations and resource centers, develops and advocates for improved public policies, and serves as the united voice for this large and diverse movement. More than 1.6 million students attend nearly 5,000 charter schools in 40 states and the District of Columbia.

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