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Protesters Rally For Philadelphia Education On National Day of Action In Center City

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The school budget crisis led crowds of protesters to the doors of Governor Tom Corbett’s Philadelphia office.

The group is gathered as part of the National Day of Action.

Chanting “save our school,” parents, students, and advocates rallied outside Governor Corbett’s Center City office. The turnout so big, they took over South Broad Street and forced the street to shut down. All these people demanding full, fair funding for Philadelphia’s schools.

“It is not sufficient as long as we have schools that do not have nurses. As long as we have schools that do not have libraries, with librarians in them,” President of Philadelphia Federal of Teachers Jerry Jordan said.

Schools facing serious budget cuts affecting students like this high school senior.

“It is rough, being in a big school and having only one counselor to help us seniors and 11th graders to plan for college,” he said.

The rally continued as protesters marched to 15th and Market Streets, where people hope their message will be heard by big corporate businesses in that area.

“Our most vulnerable children, the one in my neighborhood, in low income neighborhoods are the ones that are being affected the most. So we have to fight for our children’s education,” parent Kia Hinton said.

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