Sen. Hughes and Rev. Holston make a #MoralMarch for necessary education funding
El lunes 19 de agosto, la senadora Hughes y el reverendo Gregory Holston, director ejecutivo de POWER Interfaith, marcharon desde el histórico instituto Overbook de Filadelfia hasta la moderna maravilla que es el instituto Lower Merion de Ardmore. El propósito de su viaje de 3,5 millas era arrojar luz sobre los mundos de diferencias entre dos escuelas secundarias públicas separadas por apenas 8.000 pasos más o menos.
Overbrook lacks a grand library, science labs with running water, functioning art a music rooms and a modern auditorium for various performances and functions. The average of instructional expenditures per student at Lower Merion is more than double the rate at Overbook.
Overbrook isn’t the only school lacking the necessary resources. Children in Philadelphia are stuck attending toxic schools full of lead, asbestos, and mold. Many more across the commonwealth endure similar conditions in buildings that are crumbling and in serious need of repair.
Lower Merion isn’t at fault for providing for their students. In fact, what they have should be an example for all schools in the commonwealth. But for us to make that a reality, we have to address the funding formula that endures as a legacy of racism.
Senator Hughes and Rev. Holston are hopeful their #MoralMarch sheds light on the inequities that reward or punish students based on the zip code where they live. They are fighting for major school infrastructure dollars and a funding program that allows every school to provide a 21st Century education! #FairFundingNow #NewDeal4NewPA