Monday, December 22, 2014

Tina Fey asks for support in fighting proposed arts cuts in Upper Darby schools.

"30 Rock" creator/star Tina Fey is encouraging friends to sign an online petition against cuts in arts and music programs in the Upper Darby School District.

Tina Fey asks for support in fighting proposed arts cuts in Upper Darby schools.

Tina Fey in her 1988 Upper Darby High School yearbook photo.
Tina Fey in her 1988 Upper Darby High School yearbook photo.

"30 Rock" creator/star Tina Fey is encouraging friends to sign an online petition against cuts in arts and music programs in the Upper Darby School District.

 The district votes Wednesday night on a budget plan that would cut all arts programs in elementary schools in the district, a savings the budget purports to be $3 million.

" ‘Educational Realignment’ should be the new euphemism for crapping in your own bed," Fey writes in an email to friends and family.

"Other than to showcase some amazing Philly accents, I’m sending this to you in the off chance you know someone who can bring attention to this story. It’s emblematic of garbage that’s going on in a lot of states," Fey wrote. She directed her recipients to saveudarts.org, which includes a link to the change.org petition that thousands have signed in opposition to the arts cuts.

"Y’all know I don’t usually forward stuff like this, so thanks," she added.

"How can I help?" Fey was quoted asking in a Sunday Inquirer column about the importance of arts in schools in a story by Maria Panaritis, who co-starred with Fey in a 1988 Upper Darby High production of "Grease." One potential outlet could be some type of financial contribution or arts endowment in the district.

We asked Fey’s reps whether the former "SNL" head writer/star intends to donate more than her name to the campaign, but her publicist said she had no new information on her plans.

Yo, Tina. Shoot a live "30 Rock" at Upper Darby High and donate ticket fees to arts programs.

Read more from our column in Wednesday's Daily News.

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