The mock funeral is in response to Superintendent William Hite's recent projection of a $400M budget deficit for the School District of Philadelphia. Dr. Hite says the budget shortfall will result in 1,000 additional staff lay-offs, and overcrowded classrooms of more than 40 students.
"This truly is a time of mourning for our school children," says Bishop Dwayne Royster, POWER's Executive Director. "Pennsylvania is only one of three states without a fair, predictable education funding formula. Poor children, and mostly children of color, bear the brunt of this lack of investment."
To help make education funding a priority in 2014 elections, POWER and other organizations are contacting and mobilizing thousands of voters who care about public schools, urging them to vote in the gubernatorial primary election this month and in the general election in November. “State-
For more information about Friday's Mock Funeral for Public Education, contact Power Philadelphia (http://powerphiladelphia.org) by calling (215) 232-7697. All media inquiries should be directed to Leslie Patterson-Tyler - email Leslie@TylerMadePR.com or call (609) 247-2632.
POWER is a faith-based community organization comprised of 41 congregations representing 25,000 diverse Philadelphians from Christian, Jewish and Muslim backgrounds. POWER is part of the PICO National Network. POWER was founded in 2011.
Boat People SOS - Delaware Valley Chapter is part of a national advocacy organization that works to assist Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in their search for a life in liberty and dignity by empowering, equipping and organizing them toward self-sufficiency.
Philadelphia Student Union is a student-led organization, founded in 1997, that teaches leadership and community organizing skills and fights for student rights and improvements to our public schools. PSU has chapters in 7 city high schools.
Youth United for Change is a youth-led, democratic organization made up of youth of color and working class communities, aimed at holding school officials and government accountable to meeting the educational needs of Philadelphia public school students. YUC has 6 chapters throughout the city.