This is a rush transcript from "The Journal Editorial Report," May 22, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
PAUL GIGOT, FOX HOST: This week on the "Journal Editorial Report," the education wars heat as the next race to the top deadline looms. Teachers unions and ACORN are putting out all stops to kill the charter school movement. We'll talk to a filmmaker who has captured the drama of parent versus unions in a new movie.
And a wild week in politics as Democrats celebrate a big win in Pennsylvania. A Connecticut scandal fuels Republican hopefuls for taking back the Senate.
Welcome to the "Journal Editorial Report." I'm Paul Gigot.
First up this week: the battle over school reform. The already- heated debate over charter schools is about to get few degrees hotter with a nationwide release of a powerful new documentary. "The Lottery" follows four families trying to escape some of New York City's worst public schools, hoping for a coveted spot in the Harlem Success Academy, a charter school. In the process, the film shines a light on the organized backlash against charters by some elected officials and teachers' unions.
Take a look.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP FROM "THE LOTTERY")
GRAPHIC: The average black or Latino 12th grader reads at the same level as the average white 8th grader.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The problem is not parents, the problem is not the children. The problem is a system that protects academic failure.
GRAPHIC: Each year in America, hundreds of thousands of children enter lotteries.
UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Parents are literally fleeing their zoned schools as they vie for seats in charter schools.
GRAPHIC: The prize is a better future.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A child's destiny should not be determined on the pull of a draw.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Every year we wait to offer parents the choices they deserve is a year in which children's futures are destroyed.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A hundred percent of our children aced the exam.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These charter schools do not have enough space to take care of all of the people who want to be there.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The United Federation of Teachers is trying to halt the progress and put the interests of adults above the interests of children.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You are not welcome here! We will not welcome you here!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are trying to really transform somebody's life. And that is not an easy thing to do.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look at these children. They want to become doctors, they want to become the nation's next president.