County executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie Schools Superintendent Jay Badams, Sen. Sean Wiley, school board members, teachers and students rode two chartered buses to Harrisburg to stage a demonstration demanding more money for Erie schools. Whatever your views on the issue, teaching students to protest is not what parents have in mind when they send their children to school. A board member leading the chant to “Fund our schools … Fund our schools” in front of TV cameras is not the kind of leadership skills you want students to emulate.
Meanwhile, any student that wants to study something useful, can go online and learn all they want without one dime from Harrisburg, no protest necessary. If public school teachers and administrators, not to mention local politicians, want to lose the support of taxpayers, this is a great way to do it.