State schools rally for funding
February 12, 2016
By: Brendan Leahy
HARRISBURG – Students and faculty of the fourteen PASSHE schools gathered in Harrisburg on Monday to make their voices heard on the issue of state school funding.
Students packed the Capitol Rotunda, armed with signs, and rallied together to ask legislators to give state schools more funding. Since education funding was cut, tuition has gone up at all of the schools, putting many students into more debt than ever before.
Kayshaun Fitzgerald of Shippensburg University spoke to the crowd of his peers, telling them that they needed to take action to get this funding. He encouraged his fellow students to register to vote, and vote out politicians not willing to approve more education funding.
“It is these politicians who don’t want to give us our money. We need to register to vote.” Fitzgerald said, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Representatives from both sides of the aisle said that they supported increased funding. Governor Tom Wolf says that he plans to implement a five percent increase for education funding in the next two years.