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Parents, Students Rally to End Teacher Strikes in Pennsylvania
6/11/2012

Farry forced to end speech advocating for strike-free education on House floor

 

HARRISBURG–Parents and students of Neshaminy School District gathered today at the state Capitol for the Putting Student’s First rally. The rally was organized by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) in an effort to garner support of House Bill 1369, a measure that would outlaw teacher strikes in Pennsylvania.

 

Following the rally, Farry invited parents and students to be recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives.

 

Farry, who was recognized under House rules by the Speaker of the House to offer remarks on behalf of the concerned parents and students visiting from his district, was unexpectedly interrupted during his speech by Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia). Josephs used a House procedure to force Farry to stop his five-minute speech on the House floor before its completion.

 

“It’s a shame that these students, who are currently not in the classroom due to teacher strikes, were unable to hear their representative convey their concerns to other members of the House,” said Farry. “Regardless of political affiliation or ideology—I would never prevent an elected representative of this body from speaking freely about an issue in their district, especially one relating to the education of children.”

 

Farry’s speech was intended to relay the frustrations experienced by parents, students and teachers in Neshaminy School District and to advocate on behalf of his constituents for legislation banning teacher strikes in Pennsylvania.

 

“Pennsylvania has been deemed the ‘Teacher Strike Capital of the United States,’ and Neshaminy School District has unfortunately become ground zero for these situations,” said Farry. “We brought parents and students here today to allow their voices to be heard and to send a clear message that every Pennsylvania child should have the right to a strike-free, uninterrupted public education.”

 

Neshaminy School District has undergone four years of teacher contract disputes and entered its second teacher strike of 2012 on Monday, June 4.

 

To view video from today’s rally, visit Youtube.com/RepFarry.

 

State Representative Frank Farry

142nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Abbey Fosnot

afosnot@pahousegop.com

717.260.6222

RepFarry.com

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