Archive: September, 2012
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.
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.