People of faith need to stand with students and their parents and teachers. The state of Pennsylvania cannot continue to back out of its responsibility to fund education across this state.
You have heard of the layoffs in the school districts new budget?
You have heard that schools next year will be be without counselors and nurses and assistant principles and secretaries to answer the phones? …Just fewer teachers and a principal to field everything that needs to be done.
Come out this Friday, June 14, to let Governor Corbett and State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi hear how you feel about what their budget decisions are doing to our schools and students. And not just in Philly, but across this state — 74 of 80 school districts are underfunded.
We need students.
We need their parents.
We need their teachers.
We need their neighbors.
We need people from communities outside of Philly, the surrounding suburbs that are also affected
(and signs that read: “Chester for State Funding for Public Education” or “Marcus Hook for State Funding for Public Education” or “Media for State Funding for Public Education”)
We need the people of faith to come and stand with them.
The rally will begin at 4 p.m. at Love Park (at the corner of 15th and JFK Blvd.) From there, with loud cheers and signs reading “Honk if you want PA to support public education” we will make a big commotion marching down the median of Broad Street to Walnut, in front of the Bellevue, where Governor Corbett’s Philly office is, and where he is supposed to be on Fridays.
From 4:30 to 5 pm, we will hear from students, teachers and parents, while a group of students go up to the Governor’s office, and ask him to come down and explain his and Senator Pileggi’s unwillingness to fund public education.
If they won’t speak to us, we will make sure they hear from us.
If they won’t speak to us, we will go to Harrisburg on June 25 to speak to them.
Join us this Friday as the first step in a much bigger fight for our kids.