Expert to Philadelphia schools: Listen to parents

An expert argues the Philadelphia public school system can get rid of charter schools entirely if officials listen to the reasons parents pull their children out of schools.

About 30,000 Philadelphia students are on waiting lists to attend public charter schools, in addition to the 50,000 already attending, according to the  Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools.

Bob Fayfich, executive director of that group, said Philadelphia administrators need to make improvements to address parents’ concerns about poor academics and safety.

“Parents recognized it being a problem before most of the media did, and parents have for years been moving to the charter schools,” Fayfich said.

At least half of Philadelphia city councilmen attended a school other than a traditional public school during high school, and several of them send their own children to private schools or non-traditional public schools, according to a Media Tracker report.

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