Suburban Kids Get iPads; Philly Kids Get...
What do you think about the budget discrepancies?
Across the Schuylkill River in Lower Merion Township, the school district touted new iPads for every student... in its 14 kindergarten classes.
On Wednesday, hundreds of dissatisfied parents took to the streets and protested the latest round of budget cuts in a march from City Hall to the Philadelphia school headquarters.
It's hard to avoid noticing the discrepancies between the two school districts, but what's to be done?
In a Patch opinion piece last year, Mt. Airy resident Catherine Collins seriously weighed the possibility of suburban living.
"Well, there's just no getting around the fact that the suburban public schools are better funded, and more money often translates into more and better stuff. More extracurricular activities, nicer facilities, fine and performing arts programs, foreign languages, sports, well-stocked libraries staffed with librarians, gifted support, and, as much as it pains me, better standardized test scores.
"I know that there are many less-tangible benefits to my children attending a city school."
So, Patch wants to know: Is it worth it to live in the city and put up with the school district's pitfalls?