- About Us
- Take Action
- Action Reports
Students to governor: 'Budget is breaking our hearts'
14 February 2012
About 400 students, parents, and teachers from mostly low-income school districts around Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg on Valentine's Day to tell Gov. Corbett how his budget cuts are hurting their opportunities for a quality education.
The cuts disproportionately affected poorer districts, which rely more heavily on state aid. Philadelphia faced a gap of more than $700 million and is still trying to cut nearly $40 million from its budget this year. Chester-Upland had to go to court to get enough funds just to stay open.
"This is not just happening to us. There are going to be more Chesters," said Chester senior Mori Hitchcock.
The rally was sponsored by Philadelphia Student Union, JUNTOS, and the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools from Philadelphia; Project Peace from Reading, and TeenBloc from Pittsburgh.