Encouraging sign in West Philadelphia?

The news that Lea Elementary in West Philadelphia is adding kindergarten and first-grade classes seems like a positive sign for the effort to get Philadelphia children to go to neighborhood schools.

By now, the success story of Penn Alexander, the public school in West Philadelphia supported by the University of Pennsylvania, is well known. In fact, Penn Alexander is so popular that parents line up overnight to try to nab a limited number of spaces in the kindergarten class there.

Partly as a result of overenrollment at Penn Alexander, parents and neighbors have rallied around other elementary schools in that part of the city, including Lea.

It will be interesting to see how many new parents go to Lea Sept. 19 to sign up for the additional spaces now available.