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New coalition launches campaign to preserve education funding

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

A new local coalition called “Our Students, Our Philly, Our Futurelaunched a campaign at District headquarters Thursday that will call on state legislators to continue investing in public education.

The coalition – now at 12 members, but growing – consists of state representatives, business leaders, parents, clergy, and students, and has several sponsors, including SEPTA, Clear Channel Outdoors, Independence Blue Cross, PRWT Services, Inc., and the School District of Philadelphia.

Former SRC Chair Sandra Dungee Glenn, a coalition member, and member of the Pennsylvania State Education Committee, led the announcement saying:

"there is all this talk about budgets and budget cuts and the dollars that we don’t have and shortfalls and deficits, and that’s very real, but what we have to make sure is that no matter what those circumstances are there is one fundamental investment that we can’t go back on and that’s public education.”

Coalition members intend to educate the public and state and local legislators about the gains that have been made in the District as a way to persuade lawmakers to keep education funding intact. District officials have already said they will face a near $500 million shortfall for next year.

The group has created public service announcements about the campaign that will air on local television stations and members will rally on Harrisburg on March 1.