This week, hundreds of education activists and PFT Local 3 members came to the state capitol to advocate for full and fair education funding. Inequality in Pennsylvania’s education system is among the worst in our country. Schools across the state, and especially in the Philadelphia School District which is responsible for educating 10% of Pennsylvania’s children, are falling behind in disrepair. Lead and asbestos can be found in classrooms. Essential learning resources like textbooks, libraries, and classroom materials are harder and harder to come by.
The “Fund Our Facilities” was founded on the principle that every child in Pennsylvania and across the nation deserves a quality education, and safe, healthy learning environments. Deteriorating building conditions are not just a Philly problem, coalition members say, emphasizing the need to support efforts to fix school buildings in other cities and states–even after Philadelphia’s schools are modernized.
The “Fund Our Facilities” coalition is fighting for the rights of all Pennsylvania school students. “Every child across the Commonwealth has the right to a quality public education in a school that is safe, healthy, and clean. For too long, students across the state have suffered from catastrophic disinvestment in their schools, resulting in physical and environmental hazards in their school buildings. As leaders in our communities, we have a moral imperative to work in a unified way to ensure that no child is ever again poisoned in their classroom”. Check out this one-pager to learn more.