Rally for Public School Education Funding
September 24, 2013- Howard Ondick
HARRISBURG- A Montgomery County lawmaker joined parents, taxpayers,
and educators at a State Capitol rally Monday to call on legislators and the
governor to adequately and fairly fund education in Pennsylvania.
Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, a member of
the Senate Education Committee, participated in a rally held by parents,
taxpayers, teachers, superintendents, and community activists to call on state
legislators and the governor to fairly and adequately fund public school
says increased state funding during the previous Rendell Administration
produced a series of positive academic achievements for students across the
state but those gains are being completely reversed by the Corbett
Administration. He pledged not to vote
for any state budget that did not fairly and adequately fund public school
education and he called on those participating in the rally to challenge their
House and Senate members to do the same.
educators said recent budget cuts by the Corbett Administration have forced
many school districts to increase class size, cut full day kindergarten, music
programs, the arts, and many other educational programs.
school board members, taxpayers and educators all said that while
transportation, Medicaid expansion and pension reform are important issues that
must be dealt with by legislators, why isnít education funding also a top
priority. They demanded that state
lawmakers go back to work now on fairly and adequately funding education and
not wait until a new state budget is adopted in June.
says everybody from teachers to parents to people without kids in school must
get involved and push state lawmakers to deal with the school funding crisis.
said that while the state sets aside money in the budget for workforce
development, that program wonít work if students are not first provided with a
quality public school education.
attending the rally included people from across Pennsylvania: from Clairton and the Wilmington area in
western Pennsylvania to Upper Merion and Upper Darby in the southeastern part
of the state as well as school districts in the central Pennsylvania and the