Central High School Students Question Mayoral Candidates: The Impacts And Updates

2023 Philadelphia Mayor Forum at Central High School | Courtesy: Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio
2023 Philadelphia Mayor Forum at Central High School | Courtesy: Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio

On April 2nd, students at Central High School hosted a forum where they interviewed the Philadelphia Mayoral candidates.

The forum, attended by the senior social science class at Central, had students from the class posing questions to the candidates about the city and the upcoming election. It required an opening statement, three rounds of questioning with one minute to answer each question, and a closing statement from each of the candidates. Public safety and education reform dominated the candidates’ list of priorities. 

A panelist of three Central students asked the candidates questions covering a range of topics, including the School District of Philadelphia’s education policies, public transportation, housing, and crime-related issues. The lottery system, which determines student placement in Philadelphia schools, was a hot topic of discussion that affects students in the city’s public school system. Candidates offered their different perspectives over these concerns, with most of them condemning it. 

While the majority of the candidates attended the forum, Jeff Brown and Cherelle Parker did not attend the event. The 90-minute session provided a unique opportunity for the students to engage with the candidates and gain insight into their policies and perspectives. 

The forum can be seen as a live recording by PCNTV on cable. Central High School has been hosting mayoral forums since 2007 and has a long history of political engagement in the school. They conduct mock elections and a mayor’s cut where seniors vote on a candidate annually. 

Students say the forum was a valuable opportunity for them to engage with the candidates and gain insight into their policies and perspectives on concerns about Philadelphia. The event was a testament to the power of civic engagement and the importance of empowering young people to take an active role in shaping their communities and participating in the democratic process.

As the election approaches, it opens up an opportunity for young people to engage with the candidates and their policies, and to make informed decisions when casting their votes. Central’s mayoral forum allowed the students to do that.

EVEV Acknowledgement:

This content is a part of Every Voice, Every Vote, a collaborative project managed by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Lead support is provided by the William Penn Foundation with additional funding from The Lenfest Institute, Peter and Judy Leone, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Harriet and Larry Weiss, and the Wyncote Foundation, among others.

To learn more about the project and view a full list of supporters, visit www.everyvoice-everyvote.org. Editorial content is created independently of the project’s donors.

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