Mayoral Candidates Share Education Plans at Forum Hosted by Elevate 215 and Community College of Philadelphia
“The Education Interview” Asked Candidates Details About How to Accomplish their Key Education Goals if Elected in areas like Creating More Modern Facilities, Safety, and Quality Schools
On Monday, April 24th, the Community College of Philadelphia and Elevate 215 hosted a mayoral forum that asked leading mayoral candidates to discuss their education plans. The event, called “The Education Interview: How Can Our Next Mayor Move Education Forward?,” provided candidates with opportunities to speak individually with a panel of education leaders to provide more depth in key areas of their education plans from Kindergarten to postsecondary education and career pathways.
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“We view civic engagement as an essential part of our college’s mission,” shared Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President of the Community College of Philadelphia shared in his opening remarks. “And we were so happy to host this discussion to provide an opportunity for candidates to share more about how they plan to give Philadelphia children the best opportunity to succeed beyond their K-12 school experience.”
The three interviewers included: Dr. Stacy E. Holland, Executive Director, Elevate 215; Aliya Catanch-Bradley, Principal, School District of Philadelphia’s Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School; and, Dr. Seth Jacobson, Executive Director, Octavius Catto Scholarship at the Community College of Philadelphia.
“Children are our greatest asset” Stacy Holland, Executive Director of Elevate 215, shared with the audience as lead facilitator. “It is our responsibility to make sure children have what they need all the way up to young adulthood. That means our institutions have to work. We don’t get to give up on them.”
Candidates were then interviewed one at a time, for 15 to 20 minutes each. A full clip of each candidate’s interview is below, with a quote about their vision for education:
Prior to the Education interview, Elevate 215 released a report titled, “Move Schools Forward,” that included the results of a survey of more than 400 Philadelphia families with children in schools of all types – public (including charter schools), private, and parochial – that shows parents increasingly are uniting to demand high-quality instruction and safe schools as basic rights that should be provided to all Philadelphia students.
“It is important for you to vote,” Stacy Holland noted in closing the event. “This is your moment. It’s really critical that we actually have a voice in this election. We hope you learned something a little deeper than what has happened in prior forums, that was the purpose of today,” she continued. “And activate your power, not only for yourself but for your networks. Our children are waiting on us, and it’s up to us to make sure that they actually have what they need and deserve.”