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Access to a good education can be a life-changing experience.  I should know.Joe Watkins  I grew up in an urban neighborhood with under-performing schools.  I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to attend a private school, which helped me get into the University of Pennsylvania. 

I was one of the lucky few.  The education I received equipped me to not only compete in society, but to contribute to it as well.  I’ve worked as an assistant to the president of the University of Pennsylvania, as an aide to the President of the United States, and as a pastor of a church. 

I believe that every kid deserves what I was lucky to get - a shot at a great education.

But for too many students, the educational system is broken with no hope for repair.  We need to try new ideas and new solutions before another generation is lost to failing schools.

That’s why I helped create the Students First PAC, a non-partisan political action committee devoted to supporting Pennsylvania legislative candidates who support real education reform that puts the interests of students first.

Joe Watkins,

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