West Philly Parents Stress Over Rumored School Closures

By Emma Eisenberg 
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“I just want kids in our neighborhood to be able to walk to school,” D’Antonio says. “It’s not like I’m asking for the moon and the stars.”

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1. Amara said... on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:36AM

“To find out more about the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools, its goals and current projects, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/westphillyschools/

In addition to our Google Group email list and Facebook group, we have weekly playdates/meetings on Saturdays at 4 p.m. at rotating parks in the neighborhood. The August 13th meeting will be at Barkan Park at 49th and Spruce. All, regardless of parental status or age of children, are welcome.”

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2. Ash said... on Aug 10, 2011 at 09:57PM

“Thanks for organizing all of this support! As someone who has lived in West Philly, I realize the importance of community activism at an early stage for these type of projects. Count us in!”

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3. Anonymous said... on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:30AM

“Racism has a part of it. Let's just admit it.

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4. westraised said... on Aug 19, 2011 at 02:32PM

“I agree with Andersen. Lea and other surrounding neighborhood schools should have received the resources needed to improve the quality of the education they provide years ago. It's only now in spite of budget cuts and the Penn Alexander enrollment cap that folks are starting to notice. Lea is only 5 blocks away from Penn Alexander. Why shouldn't they have received an upgrade to their aging building and their grounds? Just mere steps away from affluent condo dwellers and those of wealth and means...someone could have stepped in and done something sooner in order to relieve the pressures to accomodate those desiring admission to 'Penn Alexander'. In any event, let's hope the kids win entering Lea in September and that the parents and community leaders remain involved AND present to make things better despite desparate economic times.”

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5. Anonymous said... on Aug 19, 2011 at 02:40PM

“with the typical west philly school
averaging close to 40 students per grade in cramped classrooms, how is this Penn Alexander filled to compacity in what seems like a brand-new school
compared to the rest? something's not right with that picture”

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