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August 19, 2009

Bill Cosby fights Pennsylvania school budget cuts

Posted: 03:33 PM ET

By John L. Micek via The Morning Call

art cosby1Harrisburg, PA – Gov. Ed Rendell called in a big gun this afternoon in his showdown with state lawmakers over how Pennsylvania should pay for public education.

"No more cuts," comedian and entertainer Bill Cosby said to full-throated cheers from hundreds of schoolchildren and educators who filled the Capitol rotunda during a midday rally.

"What did these people ever do to you that makes you want to cut," funding for education? Cosby said, gesturing to the crowd of students arrayed behind him. "These are our children." The Philadelphian's appearance came amid an escalating war of words between Democrat Rendell and the Republican-controlled state Senate, which has resisted his efforts to pour more state money into K-12 education this budget season.

Cosby's appearance also came hours before a planned attempt by Senate Republicans to override gubernatorial vetoes and restore $2.2 billion in funding for more than a dozen education and social welfare programs.

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vallary   August 19th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

More people like Crosby should get involved with what goes on in schools. Even if they are retired and no one going to the schools. I think the people that are managing the money needs to change the money is there. The schools are in bad shape and that is because the ones that have been left to handle the money can. Parents need to get more involved, I know that is hard to do with working but, go to your local meetings, we can make a changes


Lori   August 19th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

Go Bill.


Joe G. (Illinois)   August 19th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

Some people are cold.. Cold.. Cold I say.. But sure thing is that many want to be powerful and successful in life.. With the still the vivid bondage history in mind one would think that African American people be appreciative and respectful to others “Much.. Much more” than others. But that as we all know it’s not the case.. I guess they have rejected that kind of free education but want some more of the other kind..


Tennessee   August 19th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

"Everytime you close a school you have to build a prison. It's like a dog eating its own tail. It won't get fat." Mark Twain in the late 1800's. Interesting how lttle we have learned.


Leslie Jack   August 19th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Here is a NEW IDEA to help solve the never-ending problems in Education. Can you please pass this reference along to your two guests on the show, Bill Cosby and Governor Rendall. Thanks, Leslie.


tai nguyen   August 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

No matter how new the school building is. No matter how good foods in school are? . And no matter how good the teacher is?. If kid go home and parent does not care about they do home work or help them go to the right direction then everything goverment try to help just down on the drain. Other contry they are ahead of education because their parents work with the kid and guide them to the right direction. They don't have good foods they don/t have good clothes they don't have beautifull school but they have good parents and they care of their education. That is make different.
sincerely,
Tai Nguyen


vallary   August 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

RIGHT ON. I hope more people like Bill get's behind what is happening to Education. We have got to hold the people that manage the money accoutable for what they do and don't do. We need to get involved in our communities. All kids need to be help. There are a lot of kids falling through the cracks in the systems. and in my state NC is American Indians and females dropping out of school. The money is there we need to change out who is given it out. We have 33 teacher right now waiting to see if they have a job in Pender County and school starts next week. Now Raleigh has had all summer to pass the budget and to do this. but they wait until a week before school starts to cut 33 jobs in school. That should go over really smooth with kids, and staff and what a great way to a postive out look on the school year. We really need to re-think this one. PEOPLE wake up and smell the coffee or should I say MONEY


catherine Brooks   August 20th, 2009 12:46 am ET

I think education should come before jails


Dennis   August 20th, 2009 12:48 am ET

This is a sad commentary on Eduaction in the United States of America. For the school year '08-09 my annual budget for my students was $150.00. I had over 250 students. You do the math! Or I should say, "Can you do the math?" If so, thank a teacher!


catherine Brooks   August 20th, 2009 12:51 am ET

our future is in education,we should raise money with donations,there are enough rich people in this world


Isabelle Gonzales   June 30th, 2010 6:23 am ET

K12 education is the best. Everyone should look out for it..~.


Blake Butler   July 25th, 2010 9:40 am ET

K12 education is always the best,.*


Alexa Stewart   September 10th, 2010 1:56 am ET

the best education system is always the K12 education-::


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