This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Tiny preschoolers and K-12 school students took Monday off to join school board members and exasperated parents calling for an end to Pennsylvania’s budget impasse, as Gov. Wolf signaled that a budget deal wouldn’t be ready before December.
Members of the advocacy coalition known as Campaign for Fair Education Funding fanned out throughout the Capitol building to meet individually with their lawmakers and ask for a finalized state budget.
"If this doesn’t get done soon, there will be a domino effect of school districts unable to meet their fiscal responsibilities," said Bill Haberl, superintendent of the Pen Argyl School District in Northampton County. "And I see that happening very quickly between Thanksgiving and Christmas."