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Group Plans To Sue The State To Address Problems In Phila. Schools

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group is preparing legal action, to try to force the state to address shortcomings at Philadelphia public schools.

A school so strapped for supplies that a teacher gives extra credit to students who bring in a ream of paper.

Amy Laura Cahn, an attorney with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, says that was one of 825 so-called “curriculum deficiencies” submitted by Philadelphia parents last year to be investigated by the state department of education.

“A lot of the complaints related back to the lack of counselors and the lack of nurses. There were also many allegations related to the building facilities and other problems.”

Cahn says the complaints — many filed through the website myphillyschools.com — got little response.

Her group plans to go to court in an effort to get the state to investigate.

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