More Than 100 Rally And Fast As School Funding Deadline Looms

More Than 100 Rally And Fast As School Funding Deadline Looms

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Incoming senior Chynna Cavallero Incoming senior Chynna Cavallero
PHILADELPHIA -

As the dog days of summer for the children come to a close, the uncertainty of whether school will start on time makes parent Andrea Reed mad.

"If school can't open September 9th, on time, obviously we're going to find babysitters that will come out of our pockets and have to pay them for our kids to be somewhere while we're working," says Andreaa Reed, who's a West Philly mom.

Her seven-year-old son, James, says he's angry too.

"If we don't learn, you don't get a job or education," says James Reed.

At the School District of Philadelphia headquarters, more than 100 people spent the day fasting, including parent Mike Mullins.

"I never imagined this is what we'd be facing," says Mike Mullins, a parent.

"We demand the city council give the money to the school to open up the schools so kids can learn," says Nicole Hunt, a former Food Service Staff member.

The district needs 50 million dollars by Friday for schools to open on time. With three days to go until the doomsday deadline, city leaders are still at odds over where the money should come from.

"What's making me the angriest and leading for me to be here today is that enough people in power haven't found it in their priority that our schools need to be funded and safe," says Mike Mullins.

Safety will be a concern until the 1200 student safety staff that were laid off in June are reinstated.

"We feel, after a summer of protests, they'll finally recognize that priority," says Mike Mullins.

Reed agrees.

"I'm hoping they don't leave us hanging," she says.

Many high school students attended the rally too. One high school senior talked to FOX 29.

"I feel horrible. It makes me want to cry," says Chynna Cavallero, a senior at Kensington Urban Education Academy

Incoming senior Chynna Cavallero can't comprehend how she's going to get into college if school doesn't start on time. She wants to go to Chenye University to possibly become a chef.

"I'm not also going to have the resources I need to actually make it happen and it's going to be very difficult," she says.

Cavallero is one of more than a hundred people today fasting outside the school district headquarters.

The rally ends at 8 tonight. There is also an SRC meeting tomorrow. As they say, the clock is ticking.

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