Good morning. My name is Kimberly L. Washington, committeewoman of Ward 2, Division 13 and volunteer of Fight for Philly. I am here with great concern about the devastating effect that is taking place on our children in Philadelphia.
I am a single mother and a homeowner. I have a grandchild that will be entering first grade next year, and because of the cuts to the education system and the overcrowding of the classrooms, my daughter, also a working single mother, has decided to put her daughter into a charter school out of our area. Do you think it's fair to my grandchild not to be able to go to school in her neighborhood where we as a family pay high tax?
I want to see our public schools fully funded. We need to stop gambling with our children lives and future. Swap deals with big banks takes money from our children and give it to the rich bankers. We need to stop giving gifts to Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs and invest in the schools and our children. I encourage you, the state legislators, to ban the swap deals.
Thank you and have a good day.