Students demand action from city and state leaders to fund schools
More than a hundred students marched to the courtyard of City Hall and then to Gov. Corbett's Philadelphia office on Thursday, demanding that city and state leaders fully fund the city's chronically cash-poor public schools and prevent another year of devastating cuts.
Fed up with the lack of action from legislators, students from Central High School, Science Leadership Academy, Northeast High School and Kensington CAPA called on City Council to pass the extension of the city's extra-1-percent sales tax, providing $120 million to schools that the District has already budgeted for. Of the governor, they demanded he provide funding relief to districts still reeling from cuts made years before.
The rally was organized by Public Citizens for Children and Youth, which opposes Council President Darrell Clarke's preferred plan to gradually split the revenue from the sales tax extension between the School District and the city's ailing pension fund.
Clarke's plan was amended yesterday to include a fallback option that guarantees the District will receive $120 million in sales tax revenues. That still leaves the District $96 million short of the funds needed to avoid another round of cuts this year.
All photos by Harvey Finkle