HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A small group of activists seeking more money for Pennsylvania’s public schools staged a sit-in protest outside Gov. Tom Corbett’s office.
An organizer said Thursday that similar demonstrations are planned in and around the state Capitol in the days ahead in an effort to pressure Corbett and lawmakers into restoring nearly $1 billion in education spending cuts in 2011.
Jesse Kudler says the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools is urging policy-makers to raise the additional money by imposing a tax on natural gas extraction, embracing the federal Medicaid expansion and freezing corporate tax breaks.
More than a dozen parents, retired teachers and children from the Philadelphia area sat in a hallway outside the governor’s office suite, singing songs and clapping their hands as Capitol police officers looked on.
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