Big Voucher Money is playing a role in the race for state representative in West Philly.
Students First and Jim Roebuck
Stories Blog City School April 4, 2012
Notes from the Field, Submitted by Frank Murphy on
April 4, 2012
During this electoral primary season, I have paid
little attention to anything other than the hype surrounding the Republican
presidential nomination race. Then last week I read this article in
the City Paper that describes
a “big money pro voucher group’s” attack on Pennsylvania House Representative James
Roebuck. A second
article also appearing in the City Paper, detailed additional attacks
on Representative Roebuck that were initiated by a mysterious third party
group. This group, Public Education Excellence claims Roebuck is responsible
for just about everything that is wrong with public education in
Philadelphia and in . Pennsylvania
Apr. 6, 2012,
So, who's behind those bold-face fliers?
BY CHRIS BRENNAN Philadelphia Daily News Staff Writer
West Phila. assail Roebuck
THE FLIERS have been landing in mailboxes since last week in West Philly's 188th state House District, attacking Rep. James Roebuck for the many problems in the city's public schools.
One flier gives Roebuck failing grades on school dropouts, violence, overcrowded classrooms and alleged cheating on standardized tests. Another notes that he has been in office for 25 years but "failed to fight to educate" the city's children.
Roebuck calls it dirty politics and accuses a fellow West Philly politician, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, of engineering the attacks.
Roebuck, ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee, says he is responsible for thwarting a push by Williams for voucher legislation allowing tax dollars to be used for private-school tuition.
"His fingerprints are all over it," Roebuck said of the fliers.
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