Upper Darby native Tina Fey is speaking out in support of Save Upper Darby Arts after being recruited by movement leaders. Fey has encouraged friends to view the Save U.D. Arts YouTube video and to sign a petition that will be presented to the governor June 6.
The school district, which is currently facing a $13 million deficit according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, will vote this summer on making significant cuts to extra-academic programs, commonly referred to as “specials.”
The Delco Times reported that by cutting independent art, music, library and gym classes from elementary education and eliminating foreign language and technology in middle schools, the district would be able to reduce the teaching staff by 60-plus members and save $4 million.
After being recruited by S.U.D.A. movement leaders, Fey sent out an email that said the following:
Hi Friends, The link below is a video about how they are cutting almost all arts and music from the elementary schools in my hometown. (Educational Realignment should be the new euphemism for crapping in your own bed.)
Other than to showcase some amazing Philly accents, I’m sending this to you in the off chance you know someone who can bring attention to this story. It’s emblematic of garbage that’s going on in a lot of states. This budget goes to vote next week, May 30, so it’s not only disgraceful, it’s time sensitive. [Note: The budget hearing meeting has actually been suspended until June.]
Sign the online petition? Tweet about it? Do a long monologue about it on a national television show? Y’all know I don’t usually forward stuff like this, so thanks. Tina
Like their superstar supporter, local members of S.U.D.A. are asking people to get involved.
In the Save the U.D. Arts YouTube video viewers are encouraged to speak out.
“We want to hear your voice. We want to hear your story. Please take 60 seconds to tell us who you are, where you’re from, and what this mission means to you. Use a webcam, a cell phone, a camcorder—whatever your method. Just tell your story.”
Viewers are also encouraged to sign the petition.
“If you believe education needs to take a higher priority in our society, please sign our petition now. The link is below. It takes less than 30 seconds to complete, it’s free, and your signature matters. Sign it. Share it. Join the fight to honor our past, celebrate our present and save our future.”