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Romney gets some hard questions at Universal-Bluford; Nutter protests

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited Universal-Bluford Charter School Thursday morning, a day after he made a major speech outlining his education platform before a conservative Latino group.

Local and national political coverage of the Philadelphia visit highlighted how some Universal teachers challenged him for saying that class size doesn’t matter. Mayor Nutter drew a crowd outside and gave Romney a hard time.

One interesting point about his education platform: Romney says federal money targeted to poor students and students with disabilities should follow the child to any school in the state (including private schools). Wonder whether he would push Republican governors to enact policies that would make it easier for students who would otherwise go to Bluford or another West Philadelphia school to cross City Line Avenue for Lower Merion or another suburban district.