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The Lottery

By Katie Campos:

On Tuesday, June 8th at 7:30 pm, Buffalo ReformED is hosting the Buffalo premiere of The Lottery at the Market Arcade Theatre and Film Center (639 Main Street). Buffalo ReformED is a new education reform advocacy organization with a purpose to expand the dialogue about Buffalo’s public education system and engage parents, teachers, and community leaders in the conversation.

The Lottery seeks to push the education conversation forward both in
our country and here in Buffalo. The event is free and open to anyone
interested in this conversation, whatever your particular slant, side,
or opinion.

Immediately following the movie, there will be a panel discussion. The
panel will be moderated by Robert Gioia, President of the John R.
Oishei Foundation; the panelists include:  Carrie Dzierba, South
Buffalo Charter School; Kinzer Pointer, Enterprise Charter School;
Ralph Hernandez, Buffalo School Board President; Dr. James Williams,
Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent; and Robert Bennett, NYS Regent.

From the release:

In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future.

Directed by Madeleine Sackler and shot by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held, The Lottery uncovers a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, The Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed.

Watch the trailer of The Lottery here and at

You can RSVP for FREE tickets to The Lottery by e-mailing or by going to

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