Nutter resists activists urging him to sue Pennsylvania for more education funding

A group is pushing the Nutter Administration to sue the state of Pennsylvania for more school funding.

Members of Philadelphia Professionals for Progress, set up outside City Hall, urging Mayor Michael Nutter to file suit against the state for more school funding. Emmanuel Bussie of the group said Philadelphia is being shortchanged from the state and suing is the only way to go.

“We subsidize education in every county around, let me tell you something, you fund property relief for Montgomery County, you subsidize their property tax relief,” said Bussie. “When you go gamble on Street Road, you subsidize property tax relief for the people in Bucks County.”

Ogbonna Hagins is a former Philadelphia Public School teacher who is worried about education funding.

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‘The prisons are getting filled up with our children because of lack of funding for education,” Hagins said.

A spokesman said Mayor Michael Nutter believes a lawsuit of this sort is not the way to move forward. He said these sorts of actions have been tried in the past and failed in Pennsylvania courts. The spokesman said there are other more productive ways to engage the Corbett administration.

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