By Mike DeNardo

By Mike DeNardo and Matt Rivers

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Education advocates and city officials are urging parents to complain directly to the state about cuts in Philadelphia schools.

Parent groups say the cuts in Philadelphia schools constitute a failure to provide the constitutionally mandated “thorough and efficient” education. At a City Hall news conference, parent activist Helen Gym provided examples.

“A third grade student who became homeless lacks a full-time guidance counselor to offer the required services and supports. A parent of a student in emotional distress whose guidance counselor is present only two hours one day a week…” Gym listed.

For Kimberly Moore, her third grader at AS Jenks Elementary, it’s an overcrowded classroom and a never ending battle for resources.

“As a parent in the district I feel like all we do is wage war to get what is rightfully ours,” said Moore.

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The web site www.myphillyschools.com allows parents to make formal complaints to the state education department. City Councilman Bill Green endorsed the site.

“What’s happening to our students is flat-out wrong,” Green says.

And Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez agrees.

“We have to document and hold the state accountable,” she urges.

Green hoped that “tens of thousands of complaints” would be filed.

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