Are the financial problems of Philadelphia schools driving families away? Residents think so, according to a new poll.
Forty-eight percent of respondents in the new survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts said they believed the state of the financially beleaguered Philadelphia schools system would force families to look for other educational options, such as private schools, religious schools, or charters.
Pew project director Larry Eichel says 23 percent of respondents indicated it would force families to leave the city altogether.
“If they see the public school system as not a viable option for them, it makes it much harder for them to stay,” Eichel told KYW Newsradio in an interview given in advance of the report’s release. “It really tests their commitment to the city.”