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Dem. candidates for governor to discuss views on education

By David Limm on Apr 29, 2014 02:01 PM

The Democratic gubernatorial candidates: (from left) Tom Wolf, Katie McGinty, Rob McCord, and Allyson Schwartz

Perhaps no issue polls more consistently as the issue of greatest importance with Philadelphia voters than the problem of the city's public schools.

On Wednesday, April 30, the four Democratic candidates vying to become Pennsylvania governor will be in the city for a forum dedicated to city and state education issues. 

"The goal of the forum is to enable the candidates to articulate deep and well-thought-out positions on the fiscal and academic challenges of public education in Philadelphia and the state," stated a media advisory from the forum's sponsors.

Those sponsors -- the Committee of Seventy, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, and the Philadelphia Education Fund -- decided that a forum focused entirely on public education issues would force in-depth discussions from the candidates and make them more accountable for any promises they make if one of them wins in November.  

The free-but-sold-out forum will be held at the Free Library tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. Moderating the discussion is Daily News political columnist John Baer, who will have the discretion to interject if candidates evade a question or steer their responses to issues other than public education. 

Those who won't be able to attend can still watch by tuning in to Pennsylvania Cable Network, which will broadcast the event live. For Philadelphians, that's Channel 186 on Comcast. The event will also be livestreamed and can be watched on PCN's website.

The four Democratic gubernatorial candidates are Tom Wolf, a businessman and former state secretary of revenue, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, State Treasurer Rob McCord, and Katie McGinty, former state secretary of environmental protection. 

The Democratic primary election will be held on May 20. Recent polling shows Wolf has a large lead over the rest of the candidates. 

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Comments (9)

Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on April 29, 2014 3:30 pm
So I take it that the PFT will be supporting whichever panderer promises the most money for the union?
Submitted by First Grade Teacher (not verified) on April 29, 2014 6:03 pm
I will be supporting whoever values PUBLIC education as a founding principle of our democracy. Oh, and yes, I am a PFT member.
Submitted by Headstart teacher (not verified) on April 29, 2014 10:13 pm
McCord is the only one who has a plan to raise money foe ALL PA schools. Tax the frackers.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 30, 2014 1:31 am
Wolf is backing Charter Schools, that's who their money should support!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 30, 2014 5:20 am
Check his information. He is NOT backing charter schools.
Submitted by Headstart Teacher (not verified) on April 30, 2014 12:16 pm
Why didn't he write an amicus brief in support of the PFT then?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 30, 2014 12:36 pm
Yo taxpayer, so what is wrong with voting for the panderers that provide the most money for the PFT? Why would we want to vote for someone else?
Submitted by Taxpayer (not verified) on April 30, 2014 9:33 pm
Exactly. You will vote for what is in your narrow self interest and hide behind the kids in doing so. The rest of us will vote to keep your hands out of our pockets. It will all come out in the general election.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 2, 2014 8:51 pm
Wolf is definitely in favor of Charter Schools. Why support the PFT with the terrible results in testing over the years.

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