Philadelphia students, parents, teachers and clergy rally against draconian budget cuts. (Credit: Philadelphia Student Union)
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1. Philadelphia Students Strike Back Against Doomsday Budget
The budget for the School District of Philadelphia, passed by the unelected School Reform Commission, cuts all arts, sports, music, counselors and support staff. Nearly 4,000 pink slips were handed out in the past two weeks. At the end of June, the state will vote on funding for education in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, $400 million is being allocated for building new prisons. On June 14, members of the Philadelphia Student Union joined with Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild to demand funding for education in Philadelphia and across the state of Pennsylvania. We mobilized at Governor Corbett’s office in Philadelphia after a march that included parents, students and faith leaders. On June 25, PSU will be joining hundreds of other students and allies from across the state to rally at the capitol in Harrisburg.