Editorial: New school year, old funding problem

A new school year is underway. Students have new clothes, new pencils and backpacks, and in some districts, new buildings to explore. As this new year begins, a lingering issue looms over public schools in our region. Families, educators and property owners have been...

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Danielle Gross




In November 2014, The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit on behalf of six school districts, PA Association of Rural & Small Schools, NAACP and parents; suing the commonwealth for violating the state constitution.

The lawsuit asserts that without adequate and equitably distributed resources students are not able to meet the proficiency standards set by the state legislature, as evidenced by the fact that state test scores declined across all districts following the 2011 state cuts.

The petitioners are asking for a court order that will force the legislature to comply with the state constitution and ensure all students receive access to a high-quality public education.

To follow the lawsuit on the Public Interest Law Center website

To follow the lawsuit on the PA Education Law Center website