Students have come back to class, and Gov. Corbett is back to under-funding schools across the state. So we joined PCAPS for a huge week of actions the first week of school. We spent mornings rallying at schools, an afternoon in the streets with Youth United for Change, and a big afternoon protesting at the governor’s Philadelphia office and delivering a letter asking him to come see a Philly public school for the first time ever.
This week, the GOP-controlled PA General Assembly finally passed a resolution letting the city tax people more for cigarettes. But this new money will hardly solve the budget problems in PA schools. Cuts still continue, and schools still lack proper funds. We still need a statewide fair funding formula, and we still need to get a governor into office who believes in supporting all students. One year after the “doomsday budget,” Philadelphia public schools still lack adequate staff, nurses, counselors, schools safety officers, supplies, programs, and other resources. Since taking office, Corbett has cut $1 billion from schools statewide and $272 million from Philadelphia schools alone. This year, the governor and GOP-controlled General Assembly again failed to find continuing funding for education. The governor refused to meet with us or listen during our budget sit-in in June.
That’s why we spent the week protesting! The governor has never visited a single Philadelphia public school. He has never seen the effects of his cuts. He has refused to meet with PCAPS activists. Students were barred from entering the governor’s last education press conference in Philadelphia. In January, the governor abruptly canceled an appearance at Central High School because protesters were waiting outside.
Check out photos and videos below!