The Pottstown School District lost $1 million in annual tax revenue after a for-profit hospital was sold in 2017. It has cut more than 60 administrators, teachers, and staff over the last eight years, outsourced its transportation department, and increased elementary...read more
“Education: May the film be removed from the eye of Pennsylvania and she learn to dread ignorance more than taxation.” Those words, spoken in a toast by Thaddeus Stevens in 1826, illustrate just how long the battle for school funding has existed in this commonwealth....read more
The education promises in Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed state budget look meager in Butler County. Wolf proposed a budget without a tax increase that still manages to increase basic education spending by more than 3 percent. How? By including funds that schools already...read more
Local and state leaders gathered at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology earlier this month to discuss the vital role of career and technical education in supporting Pennsylvania’s economic development, and the need for more funding from the state...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.