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Philadelphia School Plans Rally & March To City Hall Seeking Support For Public School Funding
Meredith Elementary School in Queen Village rallies other schools, community organizations, and school advocacy groups to join in Monday's (4/29) public action "Tripling Our Taxes, CRIPPLING Our Schools!"
Schools across Philadelphia received grim budget news this week that makes it impossible to open schools in September. Tthe new budget only affords schools to pay for a principal and teachers. There is no money for support staff, aides, or special programs. This means there will be no secretary, no counselor, no nurse, no sports, no music, no art, no books, no paper, etc. Parents at Meredith say we are in an emergency situation and need to sound the alarm, and take action. At a parents meeting Thursday morning, the Meredith School Council and Meredith Home & School brainstormed ideas and came up with Monday's public action. They also designed posters with "House For Sale By Owner" sign on one side, and the words "Tripling Our Taxes, Crippling Our Schools" on the other. Many parents said the news about the budget makes them want to move out of the city of Philadelphia into the suburbs.
While the budget news in Philadelphia is bad, education cuts are being felt across the entire state of Pennsylvania. Parents are also encouraged to join an existing state-wide campaign for funding by signing this online petition: http://signon.org/
Advocacy groups say a rally on the Pennsylvania State Capitol is likely going to be on the calendar in the coming weeks. More details on a state action will be coming soon.
If parents cannot attend Monday's Public Action "Tripling Our Taxes, Crippling Our Schools," parents are encouraged to contact their Philadelphia City Council person, Council President Darrell Clarke, and all Council Members at Large (http://philadelphiacitycouncil.net/
For more information about Monday's Public Action at Meredith Elementary School contact the school at (215) 351-7360 or email the Meredith Home & School at: meredithhomeandschool@
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