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Education the lead issue at gubernatorial candidate forum

By the Notebook on Nov 26, 2013 02:00 PM

by Isaac Riddle

Five of the eight Democrats vying to challenge Gov. Corbett next year gathered in front of education and community groups at a candidate forum held at Temple University last Saturday.

The forum opened to chants of “whose children, our children” and “whose jobs, our jobs” by members of the audience.

Corbett, who has no Republican primary opponents, declined to attend the bipartisan forum. The audience erupted in boos when his name was mentioned.

“It is cold outside, but there is some fire in here,” said the Rev. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, who moderated the forum.

The format included testimony by members of the audience, followed by a response from the candidates. The first topic was education. A recent Franklin and Marshall poll showed that 21 percent of voters felt that education was the most important issue in the state.

“Education cuts that have happened over the last few years are inflicting damage in Philadelphia that will take years to unravel,” Tyler said.  “Here in Philadelphia, this is nothing short of a crisis.”

In one way or another, all the candidates criticized Corbett’s education policies and called for fair and adequate funding of schools statewide.

“We need a governor who will put students first. We need a governor who understands that poverty, hunger, unemployment, underemployment, substandard housing and epidemic violence has an impact on our children and their education,” said Kia Hinton, the education committee co-chair of ACTION United.

Hinton’s comments were accompanied by chants of “no more” from the audience. “We need a governor who understands that every student, regardless of who they are and where they live, deserves a quality education.”

Allyson Schwartz, Tom Wolf, Katie McGinty, Rob McCord and John Hanger were the candidates who attended.

The Media Mobilizing Project has provided video of the event, which starts at the 18-minute mark.


Isaac Riddle is a Notebook intern.

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Comments (13)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 26, 2013 3:05 pm
And so the pandering for public sector union votes has begun. Did any of them mention how much they will have to raise our taxes so that they may provide the kickbacks to the unions to pay for benefits that none of us have?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 26, 2013 5:05 pm
Stop whining. Get a union, get decent benefits. Blame your boss, not other hard working people.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 26, 2013 5:31 pm
Keep your hands out of my pockets.
Submitted by tom-104 on November 26, 2013 5:49 pm
Tell it to your boss!
Submitted by HS teach (not verified) on November 27, 2013 10:39 am
You are delusional.
Submitted by reformer (not verified) on November 28, 2013 12:41 pm
not delusional. stupid! and this is who is teaching urban kids. can you see how the knockout game evolved. that's what they wanted to do in his class.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 26, 2013 10:42 pm
"Whose children. Our children". What they are saying is that they want a monopoly on educating YOUR children, and the right to do it badly without any consequences. For a lot of money. And in return for campaign contributions. Of course they clarify their intent with the, "Whose jobs. Our jobs." They think they own the jobs rather than serve the public. FDR was right. Public sector unions are antithetical to government by the people for the people.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 26, 2013 11:00 pm
Of course. They want no competition, no accountability and now apparently want to name their price. And they think that is reasonable. What a laugh. The sooner we get these schools charterized the better. They can either adapt or go stand in the welfare line with the former Hostess people.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 26, 2013 5:45 pm
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 26, 2013 6:35 pm
I would think you would be ecstatic with Corbett. He just signed into law a bill that will give us the highest gasoline taxes in the nation. Figure rising gasoline prices along with your 13% pay cut when you are figuring out your new budget.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 27, 2013 12:46 pm
If anyone thinks about voting for Corbett, please check yourself into a psych unit first.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 5, 2013 12:02 am
Why were all the comments deleted? There were 57 the other day.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 6, 2013 4:43 pm

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