In the United States, 58 percent of African-American fourth graders are functionally illiterate. When the failures of the traditional public school system are uncovered, it is revealed that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. Four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx are followed when they enter their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future.
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