I am Jess Phillips the MP for Birmingham Yardley. My son Danny is ten. I found out this week that his school is being forced to close early on Fridays because the school can no longer afford to stay open for a full week thanks to government cuts to education.
Even worse than this my son's school can no longer afford to fund the support needed for the disabled and special educational needs children so they may have to leave their school. Yes you read that right , disabled people are being cleansed from our schools by cuts.
In Birmingham where I live there are 15 other schools in this position. Since I called this out parents all over the country have been getting in touch to say that their kids are also being failed in this way.
The government has failed in the most basic job it has to provide schooling for all of our children 5 days a week. We intend to show them that we will not take this.
Together with the Save our Schools group I am organising a huge campaign day where we will take thousands of children to Westminster on a Friday and at 1pm, the time our schools have to close, we will be leaving our children at the Department for Education, the Treasury and I will leave my son and some of his friends with special educational needs at Downing Street.
It is the basic job of the Government to educate ALL of our children for five days per week, we intend to make sure they do this. If they will not do it in our local schools they can do it in their offices.
Please help us raise the money to get the pupils down to parliament so parents can continue to focus their fundraising efforts on raising money for their individual schools to buy books, computers and other things schools now struggle to afford.