In an article on her blog, Miriam Hill of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that despite the official rules dictating that the School District of Philadelphia’s Volunteer Transfer Program (VTP) works like a lottery, the process itself is somewhat arbitrary and haphazard, putting the power to accept students in the hands of individual schools. The result, of course, is that the families who most need the process are the least likely to be able to benefit from it. Not really a surprise, but certainly a shame. Of course, the most traditionally desirable schools rarely, if ever, accept VTP students, so the problem is not impacting too many folks. If you are thinking about applying to VTP, be sure to read our guide and if nothing else, cast a wide net.