We all should be. Philadelphia City Council heard testimony last week from School District officials, teachers, parents and students about how the bare-bones budget proposed for 2013-14 would strip our schools of counselors, office staff, librarians, extracurricular activities and so much more. The fight for fairly funded schools will continue there, and in Harrisburg, as the District requests $60 million (from Council) and $120 million (from the state). Here's what you can do right now:

WRITE or CALL your City Council members, and the at-large members, letting them know that you are a voter, a believer in public education and a parent concerned about the future of city schools. City Council members' names and contact info can be found at:

WRITE or CALL your PA General Assembly representatives and senator, and give them the same message. Don't know who your reps are? Find out at:

TUNE IN tomorrow night (May 8) at 9 p.m. on PA Cable Network for a program on "How Public Education Is Funded in Pennsylvania," produced by the Education Policy and Leadership Center.

TALK about the school funding crisis with your neighbors, your kids' grandparents, your colleagues and members of your faith community. Whether folks live in Philly or the surrounding suburbs, whether or not they have kids in District schools, the quality of public education affects them. If we fail our kids, we are failing the future.