Saving Dobson: A story of class, disability, and self-preservation in a Philly school

What would you do for your kid? For most parents, the immediate answer is as simple as it is cliched: anything. Often doing “anything” for one’s child has consequences for other children. Moving to a wealthier school district leaves another district one family poorer. Testing into a magnet school deprives the neighborhood school of a talented youngster. Shelling out for those piano lessons gives your kid a leg up in the college admissions process, but also puts the child who didn’t get lessons at a disadvantage.

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Trying to live up to special-ed law amid the Philly school budget crisis

With a skeletal support staff serving the city’s traditional public schools, many worry that the district has opened itself up to an onslaught of legal claims from families struggling to ensure that their children get the education that they deserve. This is the story of one such family.

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