For many families choosing high schools, it’s either magnet or charter
by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks
Chrislie Dor, a budding poet at age 14, stands like Frost’s narrator at a fork in the road.
The paths diverge not in a yellow wood, but instead the concrete jungle that is Philadelphia public education. Looking down one bend as far as she can, Chrislie sees the School District’s selective-admission magnet high schools. Looking down the other, she sees the city’s charter schools.
Other options — such as Chrislie’s District-run neighborhood high school — may be in the vicinity, but they don’t figure on her map.