People’s Emergency Center Holds and Informative Panel on Education #SoundTheHorn
thought leaders and one Philadelphia high school student took part in
‘Sounding the Horn: A Crossfire Discussion on Educational Outcomes’ –
during which they answered five (5) rounds of questions that call to
question: what is a quality education,
compete on a global level, and, most importantly, is the national public
school crisis a reality, or a manufactured campaign to privatize
The conversation was hosted by The Emerging Leaders of People’s Emergency Center, and held at The Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA.
the discussion was modeled after the rapid-fire pace of ESPN’s ‘Around
the Horn.’ Gregg asked five (5) questions in total, and each individual
was given only 2-3 minutes to respond.
whom they believe won each round. ‘Sounding the Horn’ panelists
included: Soledad Alfaro, Vice President of Educational Innovations at the Philadelphia Education Fund; George Burrell, partner at Kleinbard Becker & Bell; Dr. Leroy Nunery, former Acting Superintendent of Philadelphia Public Schools; Ronnie Polaneczky, education columnist for The Daily News; Stanford Thompson, CEO of Play On, Philly!; and Ashlyn Bolger, a student at School of the Future.
individuals – ages 21 to 35 – who may not fully understand how the
current status of the public school system affects them as it relates to
future workforce and economic development,” says Emerging Leader of PEC
Chair, Megan R. Smith (above). “It also provided
another group of individuals – ages 36 to 50 – with a platform for
informed discourse around an issue that they have seen evolve
considerably over the last decade.”
Emergency Center is a volunteer group of young professionals who are
committed to PEC’s mission of nurturing families, strengthening
neighborhoods, and driving change in West Philadelphia.
community of more than 200 housing units and five educational centers
offering job training, parenting and early childhood education, and
technology coursework, PEC seeks to change the life trajectory for the
women and children who seek its services, and inspire them to aspire to
Educational Outcomes’ is the first in a series of conversations around
global issues that affect our communities.
The event was made possible
by the support of Comcast, PECO, Montgomery McCracken Walker &
Rhoads LLP, and The Philadelphia Foundation.