Teachers, parents, and even kids gathered on the East side of Legislative Hall for a No Cuts To Education Funding Rally. All told, I would estimate there were somewhere in the ballpark of 50-75 participants in the rally. Speakers included Eugene Young with Network Delaware, income President-elect of DSEA Mike Matthews, Christina PTA representative Mary Schorse, incoming Christina Board of Education Member Eugene Griffith Jr., PACE of Wilmington representative Swiyah Whittington, Christina CBOC member and Blue Delaware writer Brian Stephan, and Senator Bryan Townsend.
All of the speakers do not want any cuts to education funding and favored more state revenue in the form of higher taxes. They urged folks to get involved in education and speak up. They said the best way to do that is by letting their legislators know their thoughts on this. Senator Townsend referred to Delaware’s teachers as “magicians” in that he believes they do great things for Delaware’s students. Instead of writing about what will surely be covered by the major media in Delaware, I am presenting a photo gallery of the event. This event leaned toward the Democrat way of thinking as the Republicans tend to favor large cuts as opposed to increasing revenue by increasing taxes. The only legislator who attended the rally was Senator Townsend.
When legislators and Delaware Governor Carney proposed massive cuts to public education, the people responded with a loud voice. As a result, there will be a rally at Legislative Hall on June 20th from 1pm to 3pm, rain or shine. This event, hosted by Network Delaware, is going to draw a huge crowd. I know several educators will taking a bus (or two) from New Castle County. This is YOUR chance to make sure your voice is heard. If you are tired of bloated classrooms and teacher cuts, I would make sure you are there. From the press release on the rally:
We need to stand up and show support for Delaware legislators who are resisting cuts to education. We need to unite and show them we’ll have their backs in their fight for educators, students, and school staff as they oppose proposed budget cuts to education funding for FY18.
All are welcome. Come with creative posters! Speakers to be announced. The rally will take place on the East Side Steps of Legislative Hall. Parking is available in the Delaware Public Archives parking lot.
This event is co-sponsored by PACE Network, Delaware PTA and Network Delaware.
If you haven’t filled out our form to have postcards and letters sent to your legislators opposing the budget cuts to education, please do so now! https://goo.gl/UM6cis
I will be there, front and center. The legislators work for us, we the people, not the other way around. Bring your kids! Most educators should be done with school so there are no excuses! The Delaware 149th General Assembly ends the first half of their legislative session on June 30th/July 1st. Time IS running out. It is now or never!