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There's not even a whisper of charter schools out here in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Charter schools have really only arisen in the more challenged cities like Philly, Chester, and Coatesville.
Are the test scores better in public schools in Philadelphia? I'd say we shouldn't judge any school by its test scores but every child deserves to go to a clean, well-kept and reasonably sized school. If the parents of students in a charter school are unhappy, they can pull their children out. That the charter schools continue on says - despite their test scores - parents are still happy to have their children in a charter school.78134
It also deserves to be understood that the SRC in Philly is pushing for charter schools as a last-ditch, desperate measure - it's their way of getting Philadelphia out of the 'public school business'. The Philadelphia public schools have lost almost half their students to charter schools - it's become impossible for Philadelphia School District to remain solvent.
They either half to shut the charter schools down altogether and force families back into the public schools or - shut down Philadelphia School District. They're struggling to find a middle ground and trying to limit the number of students the charter schools may accept.
You can't keep your public schools open if they're only half-full.78253
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