Philadelphia Teachers, Activists Demanding More State Money For Schools

By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia teachers are heading for Harrisburg today to press their case for more state funding.

More than three dozen teachers got on the bus at Girls High in Olney. Among those heading to the capitol is Vikki Aristoklis, a veteran teacher at the James Rhodes Elementary School in West Philadelphia. She says teachers can’t keep reaching into their own pockets for the needs of their students:

“It can’t be all us all the time, so we need the help, we need the funding. We need the support of everybody to help us get our schools to where they need to be today.”

Jennifer Pour, a 14-year-veteran from Southwick Elementary School in South Philadelphia, says it’s time for the legislature to step up and support Gov. Wolf:

Jennifer Pour, from Southwick Elementary School in South Philadelphia, is among the PFT members in Harrisburg today demanding more funds for education. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Jennifer Pour, from Southwick Elementary School in South Philadelphia, is among the PFT members in Harrisburg today demanding more funds for education. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

“It is very, very frustrating. Wolf’s got an uphill battle. He wants to do the right thing and fund schools. Do a fair funding formula, which is what we need. Not just Philadelphia, we need that for all students in the state.”

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is behind this latest effort to rally support for more dollars for education.

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