School and community leaders gained new tools in their advocacy for more funding in public schools Saturday at a regional summit, telecasted at the BLaST Intermediate Unit on Reach Road.

About 20 people traveled to Williamsport to hear speakers from Luzerne, Lehigh, Cumberland, Montgomery, Crawford and Clinton counties and learned how they could implore congressmen to invest in Pennsylvanian students.

“It’s time to put public education first,” said Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and leader of the Williamsport summit site. “We’re looking for a large network of advocates who can go out and champion public education and really identify the needs for more funding across several areas, just basic education funding and special education funding where the costs are exploding,”

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