Why Philly parents lined up at 4 a.m. to get their kids into kindergarten

by Kristen A. Graham, Updated: January 31, 2020

The first parents got in line well before the sun rose on Jan. 27. By 4:15, four people were waiting to register their children for one of the 90 coveted spots in kindergarten classes at Greenfield Elementary in Center City.

By 7 a.m., it was close to 50. Parents were eventually issued numbers based on their position in line and assigned times to come back to complete registration paperwork.

“It was mass panic for no reason,"one parent said. “We’re not promoting free for everyone with public school if this is how we’re going to roll.”

Another was incredulous that there is no sibling preference or ability to complete paperwork online, and upset there was no lottery at Greenfield.

“You needed a network to get the inside information about the line, and flexibility with work to be able to stand out there, and then to come back later in the day to register,” the parent said.

The line was more evidence of the growing demand for spots in some Philadelphia public schools and a significant long-term change in public perception of the Philadelphia School District among middle-class families.

Read more at Inquirer.com.


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