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The Mayor’s Role in Education: A Philadelphia Mayoral Forum
April 11, 2023
8:00 am
- 10:30 am

The Mayor’s Role in Education: A Philadelphia Mayoral Forum

The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, 19103 + Google Map

Join us on April 11th, in partnership with EducationWorksCampus PhiladelphiaGraduate Philadelphia, and Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable, we are joined by Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates for a discussion on the Mayor’s role in education. What is their vision of public education? How might they leverage a Mayoral-appointed board to advance K-12 education? What is a City’s role in supporting colleges, universities, and career and technical schools? And, how would they use the role of the City’s chief executive to support the educational needs of Philadelphia’s students – from early to adult learners?

The education of Philadelphia’s students has been a matter of collective and vociferous concern for the better part of 20 years. With the dissolution of the School Reform Commission, the installation of a new School Board, the hiring of a new Superintendent, the Commonwealth Court fair funding decision, the after-effects of COVID-related school closures, the pressures on our talent pipeline and the growth of both supply and demand of charter schools, education remains top of mind for many Philadelphians.

Despite our preference to speak of them as binary choices – District vs. Charter, Soda Tax vs. Pre-K, Appointed vs. Elected School Board – the issues that make up our local education discourse are complex, at times polarizing, and of tremendous importance to the more than 200,000 students attending our schools, and their parents.

Join us for this important discussion! Seating is limited. Registration is required here.

FREE tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. And, donations are welcome.


Warren Bloom, Businessman

Amen Brown, PA State Representative

Jeff Brown, Businessman

James DeLeon, former Municipal Court Judge

Allan Domb, Businessman and former Councilman

Delscia Gray

Derek Green, former Councilman

Helen Gym, former Councilwoman

David Oh, former Councilman

Cherelle Parker, former Councilwoman and PA State Representative

Maria Quinones-Sanchez, former Councilwoman

Rebecca Rhynhart, former City Controller



Farah Jimenez, President and CEO, Philadelphia Education Fund

Malik Brown, President and CEO, Graduate Philadelphia



Thom Butler, Executive Director, Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable

Jennifer Kebea, President and CEO, Campus Philadelphia

Miles Wilson, President and CEO, EducationWorks


Program Schedule:

*8:00-8:30 am      Networking

*8:30-10:00 am      Moderated Discussion

*10:00-10:30 am    Q&A