#PHL2015: Charter School Owner Lynne Abraham’s Crocodile Tears on SRC’s Charter Expansion

So this is Lynne Abraham’s thoughts on the SRC’s decision to allow five more charter schools in Philadelphia…

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And as Colleen Kennedy has pointed out, Lynne Abraham was the co-founder and sits on the chair of the Reading based I-Lead Institute.

With offices in Valley Forge, Philadelphia, and Reading, Pennsylvania, the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement, and Development, Inc. (or I-LEAD) is a Pennsylvania nonprofit school with 501(c)3 status that has served as a force for community leadership development since 1995. David Castro is the President of I-LEAD and its Chief Executive Officer. In 1991, Mr. Castro joined the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he assisted District Attorney Lynne Abraham in creating the Public Nuisance Task Force, and served as its first Chief. The Task Force was the first inter-agency enforcement program of its kind targeting crack houses and nuisance liquor establishments. Alongside neighborhood leaders, David worked in some of the most distressed neighborhoods in Philadelphia to resolve community problems. This productive collaboration led to a recognition that the key to changing a community‚Äôs prospects lay in cultivating the leadership skills and leadership capacities from within that community.

In 1993, David was awarded a Fellowship in the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Leadership Program. The Fellowship is a three-year leadership training program awarded each year to a select group of young leaders working across the country to make a difference in their respective communities. David devoted his Fellowship to the study of community leadership development, and its relation to improving community quality of life. I-LEAD’s mission and programming grew out of a series of community meetings, workshops, and surveys. These early efforts to understand the problems facing Philadelphia neighborhoods identified community leadership capacity as the most critical need facing residents. Members of civic organizations, town watch groups, police district advisory councils, and grassroots community-based organizations recognized that leadership development was critical to every important initiative affecting local quality of life. Consequently, based upon his work in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and in the community, David, along with District Attorney Lynne Abraham, founded I-LEAD in 1995. District Attorney Abraham is currently the Chair of I-LEAD’s Board of Directors. [Emphasis added]

Are these crocodile tears coming from Lynne Abraham so she can get PFT money?

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