Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Religious Leaders Urge Fasting for Public Education

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Religious Leaders Urge Fasting for Public Education

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While Gov. Tom Wolf negotiates with the state Legislature in the coming months to get an increase in state funding for schools, religious leaders and others across the state will be fasting for the same purpose.

Local clergy who are members of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network held a news conference and prayer service Monday morning outside of Wilkinsburg High School to call for fasts between now and June 30, the date by which the Legislature is supposed to have an approved 2015-16 budget.

They said they chose Wilkinsburg because it is one of the most underfunded districts in the state and its students suffer from a lack of resources.

"We are calling on the governor and the Legislature to prioritize our children," said the Rev. Richard Freeman Sr., pastor of Resurrection Baptist Church in Braddock and president of PIIN.

Organizers said individuals can choose to fast for a day or longer and then call their state representatives and senators to tell them why they are fasting. …

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