Public Education Supporters Ramp Up Rallies with Call-ins

As the state House Appropriations Committee today conducts a hearing on state education spending, parents, students and other taxpayers will be calling legislators and the governor to urge them to spend more on public education.

“It’s a statewide call to action,” said Susan Gobreski, executive director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania, which set the date for what she called a “pretty broad, grass-roots effort.”

“Our big point here is we want our legislators to find a way to sustainably and equitably fund public education,” said Jessie Ramey of Point Breeze, parent of two Pittsburgh Colfax K-8 students and a founder of the blog Yinzercation.

By her count, parents and community members from at least nine Pittsburgh public schools and 11 suburban schools will be participating.

Some of them will have “sidewalk parties” before or after school, with banners, refreshments and cell phones parents can use.

Ms. Ramey said the events were not organized by the schools themselves.

Some high school students also are planning to get their peers to make calls.

Click here to read the full article published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette  (March 5, 2012)

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