Students protest education inequity in march from Lower Merion to Philly’s Overbrook High School

Less than four miles separate Lower Merion High School in Ardmore from Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia, but the two schools and their communities are worlds apart.



a car driving on a city street filled with lots of traffic: Protesters make their way along City Avenue as part of a rally and march to highlight inequities in suburban and city public schools.


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Protesters make their way along City Avenue as part of a rally and march to highlight inequities in suburban and city public schools.

Lower Merion’s average annual household income is more than $131,000 a year. In the neighborhood surrounding Overbrook High, that figure doesn’t quite reach $35,000, census figures show.

During a recent school year, Lower Merion spent $26,422 per student — at least $12,000 more per student than the Philadelphia School District could muster.

Philly public schools will stay all-online at least until NovemberThat contrast has existed for a long time, but for Kisara Freeman, and three other rising seniors at Lower Merion High this summer of protests and widespread social and economic upheaval has become

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