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Philly parents, don't leave the city when your kids reach school age | Opinion

Posted: Friday, March 23, 2018
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

When the kids reach school age, it’s time to leave the city.

So goes a familiar refrain in Philadelphia, repeated every time new census data show more people moved out than moved in.

Yet, how well do you know Philadelphia public schools? The truth is they are likely better than you think — especially when it comes to the early grades. Kindergarten should not be parents’ deadline to move away.

Over the past several years, the School District of Philadelphia and other public schools have made significant investments in K-3 education, training thousands of teachers in evidence-based literacy instruction and making physical improvements to classrooms across the city.

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