Phila. Schools Get Poor Marks in New Survey

Publication: WPVI


06/29/2010 - Parents are giving Philadelphia's public schools some pretty poor marks, and their opinions are reflected in a new survey conducted by the Pew Charitable Trust.

A new survey from the Pew Charitable Trust, the culmination of a yearlong effort to get parents' perspectives, finds the city is undergoing going a sweeping shift. Families are no longer reliant on the school down the street, but instead seeking out what they see as a safer, higher quality education.

It's something 72 percent of parents say is sorely lacking in the city's public school system.

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"Parents want good schools, and they don't really care where it comes from," said Larry Eichel of the Pew Charitable Trust.

The problem, according to the report, is that 60 percent of parents rate the Philadelphia School District's performance as fair or poor, and just 31 percent say their child's school handles safety well.

Read the full article, Phila. Schools Get Poor Marks in New Survey on WPVI's Web site.

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