Arts group hopes to influence politicians

UPPER DARBY A group that fought to maintain funding for arts programs at Upper Darby High School in 2012 is looking to broaden its influence.

Save Upper Darby Arts launched a PAC on Monday, and plans to support candidates for state office who will fight for equitable funding of public schools.

Save Upper Darby Arts founder Colleen Kennedy said the group wanted to direct its focus beyond a single school budget and the "token response" that Upper Darby education advocates received from lawmakers in 2012.

Kennedy said the PAC has supporters who are parents, former teachers and students. She hopes to raise more than $20,000 for the primary election in May, and more for the general election in November.

- Laura McCrystal