If you were wondering what public school in the urban market is looking like these days, here is a list of things you may be surprised to learn the children are not entitled to:
RECESS: Many schools do not offer recess. I visited one that only has it during the warmer months (during the winter they have free play in their classrooms, but no running around time). There is another local school where the teachers got together and voted to offer recess to the children, because they felt it was important, but the teachers are not paid for the recess time.
GYM: Many schools do not offer gym at all. Others may have it once a week or on a limited basis.
LUNCH THAT IS LONGER THAN 15 MINUTES: Seriously. 15 minutes to eat.
ARTS: Music, Visual Arts, Drama, etc. I guess this is no surprise. If your school still offers even one of these, it is probably because you have a strong parents group that has raised the funds for it themselves.
ATHLETICS: See above
COMPUTERS, SCIENCE LAB (FOR OLDER GRADES), ETC.
This is why people move to the suburbs.
*If you're wondering why I don't have my daughter attend our neighborhood school, it's because we live in an immigrant-heavy neighborhood and the school is majority ESL.