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Philly students, parents persist in fight for more school funds

By the Notebook on Sep 20, 2013 09:02 PM

by Holly Otterbein for NewsWorks

The start of classes for Philadelphia's 134,000 public school kids is not at all slowing down student and teacher activists who are furious about this year's budget cutbacks.

Every Friday, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools is setting up camp at a school to demand more funding from City Hall and the state government.

The group rallied today at the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, waving down cars and passing out fliers urging residents to file a formal complaint with the state's education department over the cutbacks.

Eighth-grader Francheska Torres said she got involved because she misses having a full-time guidance counselor. 

"Now that we don't have that, I can't control my anger issues," she said. "It's just harder for me. I get emotional."

Brianna Escalante, who is also in the 8th grade, worries that the cuts will hurt her chances of enrolling next year at the prestigious magnet Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School.

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Comments (3)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 21, 2013 2:04 pm
And Jerry Jordan comes up with progress but not really. Quit wasting time, let the SRC impose the terms then we can finally take this s*** to court and fight and win. What kind of good agreement is going to come out of this????????? If we take a 1 year pay freeze then thats 3 years with no raise. Sorry but gas, food, utilities have all gone up, I have a family to provide for. Quit the shenanigans and get on with it and challenge the ACT 46 law.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on September 21, 2013 4:31 pm
I completely agree. Why that hasn't happened is beyond me IF the goal is to fight this abuse and not buckle under to it. Sooner or later if the PFT is going to survive as a viable union, it will be necessary to challenge Act 46. And, by the way, even if Act 46 is deemed constitutional, which I doubt, then "the people" will need to decide whether to accept an immoral law or refuse to. Aquinas said we are not obligated to follow immoral laws and orders and even though he giddily ordered the burning of heretics just for the fun of it, I agree with the lad. By the way, Thomas More, another "True Believer," wore a full beastly hair and metal under jacket and would happily throw himself against walls and such also just for the fun of it. When Henry V111 needed to interrogate a particularly hostile enemy, guess who he summoned to the Castle?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 23, 2013 10:45 am
Now that Harrisburg is back in session and the 2014 election is getting closer, let's see what happens to the PFT negotiations. I think Jerry and company are playing their cards as best they can at this time.

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