New Web Site Helps Philadelphia Parents Choose A School For Their Kids
By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local nonprofit organization has launched a web site that provides one-stop shopping for Philadelphia parents choosing schools for their children.
The web site, greatphillyschools.org, puts, in one place, sortable one-to-ten academic rankings for more than 400 Philadelphia public, private, and parochial schools.
The site is a product of a collaboration of nonprofits, including the Philadelphia School Partnership, where Mark Gleason is executive director.
“The information that currently is available to parents is scattered in many different places,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “Some of it’s on the school district site, some of it’s on the archdiocese web site. Some of it’s on the state Department of Education web site. Some of it is in other places.”
Gleason says a Pew report two years ago noted that 40 percent of Philadelphia parents believed they did not have enough information about the school choice options available to them.