Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis


Political Science

First Advisor

Terri Jett

Second Advisor

Susan R. Adams


Although public education is an option for all local residents, the variation in American public education is littered with inequalities. In particular, the School District of Philadelphia and the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District are representative of this variation. The School District of Philadelphia is located within the biggest Pennsylvanian city. The Tredyffrin-Easttown School District is a smaller school district operating in a suburban area in close proximity to Philadelphia. There are three focus areas, socio-economic levels, geographic region, and funding, which specifically constitute the differences in these school districts. The differences show how privileged educational circumstances arise. This analysis suggests that the School District of Philadelphia should decrease in size, local relationships for public education should be supported, and conventional public schools should be improved rather than charter schools.