Pennsylvania

The Fight for Public Education: Coming to a School Near You!

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-09-30

Philadelphia's schools opened at the start of this school year in the midst of a funding crisis. While state lawmakers dragged their heels on a proposed cigarette tax to provide money for the city's schools, parents, students and teachers took to the streets for a week of protests to demand the full, fair funding their schools deserve. The Media Mobilizing Project captured the week of protests in this great new video.

Philadelphia's schools opened at the start of this school year in the midst of a funding crisis. While state lawmakers dragged their heels on a proposed cigarette tax to provide money for the city's schools, parents, students and teachers took to the streets for a week of protests to demand the full, fair funding their schools deserve. The Media Mobilizing Project captured the week of protests in this great new video:

Philly Schools Score Small Funding Victory - But It's Not Enough

After months of turmoil and uncertainty, Philadelphia's resource-starved schools finally caught a break: a new, stable source of funding. The Pennsylvania state senate authorized a city-level $2-per-pack cigarette tax that will raise $170 million for the city's schools each year.


Photo via Ron Tarver | Philly.com

Back-to-School Protests & Voter Registration in Philly

Because Pennsylvania still lacks a fair school funding formula (and because state policymakers won't prioritize funding for Philadelphia's schools), 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!

Let My People VotePhiladelphia students headed back to school this month is the wake of yet another bruising political battle over how to fund the city's schools.

Philly Schools Open Despite Major Budget Shortfall

State lawmakers in Pennsylvania failed to pass a cigarette tax that would have provided much needed funds for Philly's schools. Instead, the school year will begin with $32 million in budget cuts, leaving schools without janitors and 7,500 students without transportation to school.


Photo from organizers' multi-day sit-in at the state
capitol in late June. Via
Fight for Philly.

Philly Students Deserve Better Than "Legislative Pingpong"

Advocates and organizers in Philadelphia came close to scoring a victory for the city's public schools – only to have legislative tinkering get in the way.


Photo from organizers' multi-day sit-in at the state
capitol in late June. Via
Fight for Philly.

Advocates and organizers in Philadelphia came close to scoring a victory for the city's public schools – only to have legislative tinkering get in the way.

Revival from the Roots: A Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools

Media Mobilizaing Project's four-part video series highlights the dedicated educators, parents and community members who are working to improve Philadelphia's schools and continue the fight for better resources for all students.

Philadelphia's public schools are reeling from years of underfunding, devastating budget cuts and the mass closure of 23 schools last year.

Hundreds Protest in Philly Against Govs. Corbett and Christie

Hundreds of parents, students and teachers protested in Philadelphia yesterday outside a joint fundraising event for PA Gov. Tom Corbett and NJ Gov. Chris Christie. The protesters are fighting against the education policies of the two governors, which have starved public schools of funding and left students without access to resources like full-time school nurses.

Philly Rally for Full Funding, Local Control and a Nurse in Every School

Students, parents and teachers in Philadelphia will protest Pennsylania Gov. Tom Corbett and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at their joint event at the Union League, 140 South Broad Street, on Monday, June 9th. Join us and take a stand for full funding and community control for public schools!

Govs. Corbett and Christie Are Coming to Philadelphia.
Join Us for a Rally to Demand Full Funding, Local Control!

At the Union League at 4pm on Monday, June 9th

An Inspiring Year of Student Organizing in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Student Union, an OTL Campaign ally, has had an eventful school year organizing for educational justice in Philly and nationwide. Check out this recap of their great work this past year!

The following post originally appeared on the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) website and is reposted here with permission. PSU is an OTL Campaign ally.

Philly Student Dies With No Nurse on Duty. Organizers Call for Officials to Resign

For the second time this school year, a Philadelphia student died after falling ill at school. Due to budget cuts, neither school had a nurse on duty. Organizers in Philadelphia are calling for the resignation of city officials unless they can provide the full school funding necessary to put a nurse in every school.


Jackson Elementary parents give statement to
the press. Photo via Philly.com

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