Philadelphia Council Looks at Casino Classes - Tuesday 25th of April 2006

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer: "OK, class, repeat after me: 'More quarters, sir?'

"Philadelphia City Council plans to study whether lessons like that could become a staple of future job-training classes once slot-machine parlors set up shop in Philadelphia.

"Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, who has called for hearings on job opportunities in the gambling industry, said the goal was to make sure low-income city residents get access to the 7,000 to 12,000 jobs that are projected in and around the casinos.

"…Blackwell also said she would like to see a charter school devoted to preparing youngsters for careers dealing with the gambling business

"…Paul Vallas, schools chief executive, was a bit less enthusiastic.

" We welcome enhanced employment opportunities for our young people, but our reforms are geared to do more than just train our young people in slot machines," he said…"

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