The following commentary was written by APPS co-founder Lisa Haver, and published in Billy Penn on May 25, 2023
What does Cherelle Parker’s nomination for mayor, and likely election in November, mean for the future of public education in Philadelphia? At this point, it’s hard to say.
During the many quick-fire forums and debates leading up to the primary, Parker’s responses on public school questions were similar to other candidates, with promises to fill the Board of Education with people who share her vision.
As the details of her vision come into focus between now and the general election, Parker should make clear her commitment to hearing from the public — in particular, district stakeholders.