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Regional Affairs Council – October 2011

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Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060

(Detail of elementary school catchment map for center city Philadelphia.)

Part 1: Understanding School Catchment Areas

Many people now take school “catchment” zones into consideration when looking to buy a family home.

09/30/2011

(File photo.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

Part 2: Scoping Out Local Schools

“God bless technology — the Internet is amazing,” says Sean O’Shea, a father of three who has been investigating the quality of local schools.

09/30/2011

(File photo)

Part 3: Good Schools Creating Housing Value

“For those people who are building and selling housing, one way to guarantee the continual value of that real estate is to make sure that the families who are living there have good schools,” says the head of a community services district.

09/30/2011

(Students perform in the 2010 "Winter Showcase" at Meredith Elementary School in Philadelphia.  Photo provided)

Part 4: Improving The Schools To Improve The Neighborhood

“There has to be a strong parent organization that supports those schools if you expect the school to succeed,” says one local real estate agent.

09/30/2011

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