Mourning Student’s Death, Students, Parents, and Supporters March for School Funding

The Declaration is excited to welcome contributor and photographer Joshua Scott Albert to our regular staff with this, his first report.

Students march down Broad Street Thursday - Photo By Joshua Albert

Students march down Broad Street Thursday – Photo By Joshua Albert

By Joshua Albert

About 80 young activist gathered in the courtyard of City Hall yesterday afternoon, then marched down Broad street to Republican Governor Tom Corbett’s office demanding answers and more funding for Philadelphia Schools. A drum line helped lead the way.

Photo by Joshua Albert

Photo by Joshua Albert

On Wednesday a first-grade student at Jackson Elementary School fell ill and died. Due to funding cuts the school had no nurse on duty.Outraged students and public education activist rallied in the rain to demand more funding from Mayor Michael Nutter and the Corbett administration.

View the full gallery from the march, all photos by Joshua Albert:

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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