SEVENTH-GRADER Angela Beqiri's math class does not have textbooks.
Terrilyn McCormick's child sat in a classroom with more than 40 students to begin the school year due to a staffing shortage.
Fishtown resident Danya Lingle's son was bullied and assaulted at an elementary school with no support staff to come to his aid.
Those three were among dozens of concerned parents, students, educators and advocates who testified before City Council yesterday, urging members to provide the Philadelphia School District with additional funding to avoid more than 1,000 layoffs.
District officials testified Monday before Council that they need $216 million in new funds to maintain current staffing, which leaves many schools without counselors, nurses or librarians. The district is asking the city for $195 million, including $120 million from the extension of the sales-tax increase and an additional $75 million. Without the money, the district said it would be forced to lay off about 1,000 employees - mostly teachers - and class sizes could average 40 students.