Philly: Where are the books?

Philadelphia schools spend a lot of money to buy textbooks, but students and teachers say there aren’t enough to go around. In part, that’s because the district doesn’t track distribution: Nobody knows where the books are.

“I don’t get to take none of my books home,” said freshman Aleema Williams, 16.

“My English teacher said she don’t trust us with the books because we might damage them — ’cause they’re already messed up — plus there’s not enough.”

Perhaps this is why Aleema hasn’t mastered grammar.

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