Christine Carlson in the Inquirer- School lottery discourages families

Last week, the School District of Philadelphia announced that admission to the much-desired Penn Alexander School in University City would be determined by a lottery. This decision came after neighborhood area families had lined up outside the school four days in advance of the official kindergarten registration date. However this is resolved, let's not lose sight of the extraordinarily good news behind this story: both in University City and in Center City we now have more parents with children wanting to enroll their children in neighborhood elementary schools than we have available seats.

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Tags: News, Parents' Perspective, Schools

Posted: February 1, 2013

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