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Archive: August, 2012

POSTED: Friday, August 31, 2012, 6:11 PM

Trying to figure out where to send your child to school in Philadelphia? Wondering how charter schools are changing the educational landscape?

Then come to this free discussion at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University,
2001 N. 13th Street.

Dale Mezzacappa, editor and contributor of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, will moderate a panel discussion designed to shed light on the options Philadelphians have to educate our children.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 12:40 PM

Is momentum for public schools building in Philadelphia? Or will families largely continue to flee to the suburbs once their children reach school age?

This story by my colleague Kristen Graham about Jill and Mark Scott and son Henry offers hope that for the first time in decades, families will stay in the city and send their children to the local public school.

The Scotts could have afforded private school. They even won the lottery to get into Independence Charter, a school so popular that hundreds of families apply for a small number of seats there every year.

POSTED: Monday, August 6, 2012, 12:17 PM

It happens, even to good kids with lots of friends: Some children don't get into the private kindergarten or grade school of their choice.

I always knew this could happen, but until some friends I knew experienced this kind of rejection, I didn't really understand that it could happen to any kid, not just to those who are struggling in school or exhibiting behavior problems.

With more children living in Center City, it seems inevitable that getting into private school will grow more competitive. At least we're not New York, where many parents start plotting a child's kindergarden destination long before pregnancy.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 4:55 PM

Charter schools are public schools. As such, they are supposed to be open to all. But a new draft report from the Philadelphia School District has found that some charters put "significant barriers" in front of those who try to attend.

Read the Philadelphia Public School Notebook story on the report here.

It cites these examples: 

About this blog
In her 12 years at the Inquirer, Miriam Hill has written about everything from politics to gourmet chocolate (Like!) and anxious dogs (adorable trouble).

But only one topic has become a passion: the pleasures and challenges of raising a young child in the city.

Not too long after her son was born four years ago, she started hunting around for day care, which triggered her ongoing search for a good primary school. Public, private or charter? Stay in the city or move to the suburbs?

And then there are the more mundane questions, such as how many games can you play while sitting on a stoop?

Please join her in the conversation about raising children in Philadelphia and about making this city better for kids. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, but her only personal obsession is not football, but Bruce Springsteen. As he might have said, it’s hard to be a parent in the city.

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