Philadelphia students headed back to school this month is the wake of yet another bruising political battle over how to fund the city's schools. Because Pennsylvania still lacks a fair school funding formula (and because state policymakers can't seem to prioritize giving Philly schools the resources they need), parents, students and teachers kicked off the school year in the most appropriate way possible: with a week of protests and a voter registration drive!
Action United and the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) led daily protests across the city as part of a Week of Resistance. Check out some of the tweets and pictures below. PCAPS has daily summaries of the events here.
Meanwhile, Philadelphians Organizing to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER) set up voter registration tables at local schools. Their statement reads in part:
"Pennsylvania is wrestling with its destiny. In our state, wages are falling and kids are shoved into ever bigger classes with ever fewer resources to educate them. At the same time, 84% of corporations pay less in taxes than a family of four earning $36,000. We must ask who controls the direction of our state [...] Our act of transformation this fall will be to push forward and win a Full Fair Funding Formula for public education. In our pursuit to dismantle racial inequality the creation of a fair and adequate funding system gives every child of every ethnicity the same opportunity for a bright future."
When education is under attack, what do we do? STAND UP FIGHTING BACK pic.twitter.com/slfUdoxnaI— Action United (@ActionUnited) September 8, 2014
What do we want? FULL FUNDING! When do we want it? NOW! If we don't get it. SHUT IT DOWN! pic.twitter.com/1j4oaPyM17— Action United (@ActionUnited) September 8, 2014
ACTION United & PCAPS Coalition partners advocating 4 fair funding of our schools at Ben Franklin High school now! pic.twitter.com/ZRIYbkAF8i— Action United (@ActionUnited) September 8, 2014