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Two-Plus Hours on a School Bus: How a Chester Charter Taps Philly Kids to Grow

Imagine waking your 5-year-old kindergarten student before 5 a.m., walking him to a street corner in the city’s Far Northeast, then watching him board a bus for a 2½-hour ride to a school more than 30 miles away.

Then, imagine he endures the same trip in reverse each afternoon. Five days a week.

For some parents, it’s not just a bad dream. Such a routine is customary for an increasing number of Philadelphia students enrolled at Chester Community Charter School.