On Tuesday April 30, public school activists packed City Council chambers like an overcrowded Philly classroom. Activists from all over the city came to demand our city leaders find additional funding for starving Philly public schools.
Prior to Tuesday’s school funding hearing, Superintendent Dr. William Hite was in council chambers also asking council to seek out a solution for next year’s school budget. Dr. Hite asked city council to secure an additional $60 million for schools and is counting on $120 million from the state to fill a massive $340 million hole in the school budget.
Person after person at last week’s hearing called for Mayor Nutter and City Council to adequately fund Philadelphia schools and enact fair taxes. Fight for Philly members Patricia Solomon and 13 year old school student Jai’onna Hines testified about the need to raise revenue to guarantee quality education for all residents of the city.
“I have two grand-children in public schools and constantly worry about the quality of the education they are receiving. Our schools are already operating on bare bones, and without new revenue, our children’s futures will be in deeper jeopardy.” said South Philadelphia resident Patricia.
As Patricia gave her testimony to council, numerous Fight for Philly members sitting in the audience stood up and unraveled 1,500 signatures petitioning Mayor Nutter and City Council to make big businesses and mega non-profits pay their fair share in taxes.
Philadelphia school student Jai’onna asked, “Why are students asked to sacrifice while big corporations get additional tax breaks? It is up to our elected city leaders to put our schools and communities back on the path of prosperity!”
After Jai’onna’s testimony, Fight for Philly and Neighborhood Networks delivered the 1,500 signatures to Mayor Nutter’s office, but the mayor and staffers refused to accept them. We eventually left them for a Philadelphia Police officer.
Add your name to the petition here! The fight for fair taxation continues.
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