07/15/2010 - PHILADELPHIA'S high school seniors will start classes in an educational landscape transformed from the one they entered in kindergarten 13 years ago.
Back then, parents who were unhappy with public schools had two choices: move to the suburbs or cough up tuition for Catholic or private schools. Then came charter schools and things have never been the same since.
As documented in a recent study by the Pew Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative, the city now has 67 publicly funded charter schools with 33,000 students - while the Philadelphia School District has lost 19 percent of its enrollment and tthe Catholic school system has lost 37 percent of its students. Not coincidentally.
Read the full article, What Do Parents Want From Schools? on the Philadelphia Daily News' Web site.