School districts across Pennsylvania say that budget stress is causing them to raise property taxes and cut school programs, according to an annual survey released by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and the Pennsylvania Association of School...read more
The first day of school always stirs a sense of excitement and anticipation: we all kick off the new term with straight A’s, perfect attendance, and on that very first day, everyone is a friend. The first day is a moment of optimism, and it often defines the tone of...read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's career and technical education centers, or CTCs, need additional funding in the next state budget, according to a new report. There are 74 CTCs in the state, preparing some 55,000 high school students to enter a variety of fields as...read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Education advocates want Gov. Tom Wolf to include increased funding in the next state budget for some of the state's most marginalized students. A letter to the governor from the Education Law Center asks him to propose an increase of at least $400...read more
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.