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  •  I appreciate hearing about Brenden Boyle (0+ / 0-)

    And this is a key race so the more information the better.

    I am very interested in hearing more about your candiate's views on Charter schools and vouchers.  While I find it hard to believe that no one recognizes the issues that plague public education in Philadelphia, more and more information is coming out about how non regulated for profit schools are failing students.  If charters were run and produced results like Central High School, I could support them, but it is becoming clear that they do not.  So my question is, if your candidate does not support charters, what does he support? BTW, I have sent both my kids to Catholic schools.  My daughter got an adequate education at our Parish School.  My son, who is dyslexic, is at a private Catholic school run by an order of nuns.  His school is vastly superior in every way, it is in my view a model for how schools ought to be run (although obviously modifications on the religious aspects would be needed).  This school costs three times the amount of the Parish school.  While money alone cannot fix schools, taking money away (and putting it into private shareholders hands) will only make things worse.

    Why should we trust anyone who "lies for the Lord"?

    by Blue Bell Bookworm on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 07:31:08 AM PST

    •  You and I agree on education (0+ / 0-)

      Hi - Your views and mine are the same with respect to education. My son is dyslexic as well. We move from Philadelphia and Bensalem because his education needs were not being even remotely met. He received an excellent education at the Jenkintown School District.
      Why more schools in Philadelphia and the state are not like Central and Masterman as well as Jenkintown, Abington, Hatboro Horsham and Cheltenham is totally mind boggling. I should also point out that my sister and niece live in Camden. Had it not been for a  charter school I truly believe she would not have finished high school much less be graduating from College this year. My brother has another perspective on Charter Schools - he was a teacher at one and found them to be lacking to say the least. He now teaches at a public school in NJ.

      I recommend you attend a meet and great with Brendan this Saturday from 11:30am - 12:30 pm. at
      The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour (Homestead Hall)
      Old York & Homestead Roads
      (821 Homestead Road)
      Jenkintown, PA 19046

      Also feel free to contact his campaign and ask to speak to his field director listed below. Brendan is looking to have meet and greets throughout the area. I know he would love to speak with you.

      Scott Heppard
      Field Director | Citizens for Boyle
      O: (267) 988-6257 | C: (609) 781-3186


      •  charter schools aren't the answer or are vouchers (0+ / 0-)

        re:vouchers it will only offset costs for Catholic Schools which aren't the answer for everyone. AND not everyone has a Catholic School "handy".

        Charter schools are another way of privatizing schools and circumventing the Unions. I find it fascinating that the Unions supporting your Candidate are mostly trades which are heavily male and white who can afford to send their kids to Catholic Schools and have no vested interest in the Public Schools.

        •  Brendan's wife - public school teacher (0+ / 0-)

          Brendan and I support public schools. Brendan's wife is a teacher in a public school. I think Brendan has an interest there.

          Also, I don't support vouchers or charter schools. But as I said earlier, why do so many public school teachers vote Republican?

          Brendan also supports all workers - union, non-union, FEMALES and males.

          This is the second time I've heard a Leach supporter state or insinuate that Brendan does not support women's equality or women in the workplace. When you can't win on the issues - throw mud?

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