Carlisle High School junior Samantha Martin brought her case for increasing funding for public schools to the Capitol Wednesday.

Martin was one of several speakers representing teachers, principals and parents in a Pennsylvania Schools Work rally calling for significant increases in state funding for classrooms, including $400 million for basic education, $100 million for special education funding to support students with intellectual disabilities or other health impairments, and $10 million for career and technical education.

Martin said she found her life’s passion within the walls of Carlisle High School as she learned about abolitionists, suffragists and labor unionists. She plans a career in politics, and is preparing for that career through an advanced placement seminar, teaching her how to think critically and analyze sources. The seminar is offered in fewer than 1,500 schools nationwide.

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