Eye 3 Yellow 3d 2 new logo Philly_KYW_new Philly_94WIP_new CBS Sports Radio 610 Philly_WPHT_new

Latest News

Philadelphia Parents Take School Funding Plea To Harrisburg

View Comments
(credit: Mike DeNardo)

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

Jim Melwert Jim Melwert
Jim is a "morning drive" reporter for KYW Newsradio 1060, bringing...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Check Out

By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Parents of students in the Philadelphia School District departed for Harrisburg Wednesday morning — carrying thousands of letters written by children from 1st through 12th grades — to try to convince state lawmakers to support increased funding for the city’s public schools.

They’re taking some 4,000 letters to Harrisburg. Some of the children who wrote those letters will read them in the Capitol Rotunda.

Hoping it gets lawmakers’ attention, mom Sarah Stuart calls it heartbreaking to read some of them, as children talk about why school means so much to them:

“They only get one chance at an education and inflicting this kind of pain on them is just not something we as parents are willing to tolerate.”

This comes as the district is planning to cut teachers’ aides, school nurses, art, music and sports in an effort to close a $304-million budget gap.

View Comments