Last week, we watched the nation get caught up in the Powerball lottery pandemonium. Office pools were created. Jokes were made about the probability of being a winner. Some had genuine hope that maybe this would be their lucky day. Many of these actions and reactions are not unlike what D.C. parents go through in preparation for the MySchool D.C. common education lottery. The anticipation is palpable the night results are posted online. Parents across the city are feverishly refreshing their internet browsers with the high hopes that their child “matched” to the public school or public charter school of their choice. And in that moment, when the results are revealed as a parent you feel like a total winner or a total loser.
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