Education Is Primary Issue for Jews, Too, in Philly Mayoral Race

by Eric Berger

May 13, 2015

Eric Cohen has two middle school-age children doing well at Julia R. Masterman, a magnet public school in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, but he says he doesn’t think the education they are receiving is particularly good.

A computer engineer who lives in Powelton, Cohen, 42 and Jewish, said he is still hoping that his children will attend a public high school, but he has concerns about the lack of city and state funding for education and hopes the next mayor will work to remedy the situation.

“I want them to have a good, safe education, and it seems no one wants to pay for it,” he said, adding that he thinks opening new charter schools — an idea pushed by one mayoral candidate — could “starve” the already cash-strapped public schools.

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