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Hundreds March On Governor's Office To Fund City Schools

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PHILADELPHIA -

Marching from LOVE Park to Governor Corbett's Center City office, students, teachers, parents and members of the faith based community chanted the words they held up on one of their signs: "SOS: Save Our Schools."

Marchers want legislators to pass a bill fully funding Philadelphia city schools. Just this week, the state passed an education budget that would funnel $30 million to Philadelphia schools, far less than needed to plug-up district's $300-million deficit

Nearly 3,800 hundred counselors, assistant principals, teachers and other school support staff were pink-slipped last Friday.

Central High freshman Krystyna Salyuk is concerned her grades will suffer.

"My algebra teacher got fired, and she helped me understand math. I had so much trouble with math and she really helped me get good at math."

Athletics and arts programs were also slashed because of the budget shortfall. The cuts will likely bring the gavel down on mock trial for Jeannett Yust.

"It's improved my public speaking skills and gotten me more involved in the community and  taught me how to be a better person," Yust said.

Several teachers, students and faith leaders marched up to Gov. Tom Corbett's Center City office, hoping to discuss the pain the budgets cuts are causing Philadelphia schools. Corbett wasn't there.

Faith-based leaders say he needs to realize you reap what you sow.

"We're concerned the state can spend $400 million on a prison but can't spend the money needed to educate the children in the state of Pennsylvania. So, they're able to get a quality education instead of filling the prison beds they are building," said Bishop Dwayne Royster, the Executive Director of POWER.

Philadelphia City Council passed a cigarette tax that's expected to put $46 million in the school district's coffers. They're also considering a liquor tax that would rake in more.

Both would have to be approved by the state.

The district is also hoping for union concessions, especially since they sent out 76 more pink slips to district administrators as the march was going on.

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