Hundreds of students, teachers, and parents have gathered at the Philadelphia School District headquarters, demanding more funding for jobs and programs.
Many schools will open this year without counselors, administrative staff, nurses, or librarians.
The city has allocated just $50 million to open schools, but important positions and programs will be empty.
“A building with only teachers and security is not a school at all, it’s just a prison,” said Othella Stanback, Philadelphia Student Union.
Rally organizers see the $50 million as just another rash of band aids to merely keep the financially troubled school district on life support.
Earlier Thursday, the group gathered outside Comcast headquarters calling on large corporations to pay their fair share on taxes to support city schools.
The march continued to City Hall to demand Mayor Nutter and City Council to find immediate additional funding for all public school needs.
Students from Baltimore and Boston were even bussed in to join their rally cry.
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