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POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2012, 6:09 PM

Starting Saturday, Sept. 29 (apologies for filling you in on this one so late, but there are other opportunities), Young Involved Philadelphia presents its Education (un)Conference, a daylong conversation and education session on how to improve educational opportunities in the city.

It's at the Kimmel Center, as is an Oct. 3 Young Involved Philadelphia event called "Philly Education 101: How to Navigate the Philly School System by the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Great Philly Schools."

It features Kristen Forbriger from GreatPhillySchools (a project of the Philadelphia School Partnership) and Brett Schaeffer from the Philadelphia Public School Notebook.

POSTED: Monday, September 17, 2012, 5:53 PM

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.

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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