Students and parents in the Shippensburg Area School District rallied Tuesday night in hopes of prompting state lawmakers to focus more on funding for public education.
The rally took place in a large lot at Orange and Earl streets.
Organizers of the protest said the lack of funding has forced the district to cut 55 teaching and support staff positions since 2009, and they say the district is planning to raise taxes and cut an additional $500,000 worth of personnel to balance next year's budget.
"Public education has seen hundreds of millions for dollars of state funding cut," said Susan Spicka, a parent and member of the group Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley. "Our students today who go to school aren't receiving the same educational opportunities that they received in the past."
"It makes me feel upset that we do not prioritize education over things like for example the natural gas companies," said Shippensburg junior Jake Baynum. "We're not having them pay basic taxes."
The group also had people in attendance write their thoughts on postcards which they plan to deliver to lawmakers at the state Capitol.