STATEMENT: PA Schools Work on the School Funding Lawsuit Decision

HARRISBURG (February 7, 2023) — PA Schools Work, a non-partisan coalition of organizations representing the state’s urban, suburban, and rural communities, issued the following statement from Donna Cooper, Executive Director of PA Schools Work member Children First regarding the decision of the Commonwealth Court ruling the funding system in Pennsylvania unconstitutional:

“Today’s ruling from the Commonwealth Court is a confirmation of what Pennsylvanians already know — our system of funding public education in the Commonwealth is broken. As the PA Schools Work campaign has been saying for years, too many children across the state are struggling because their schools do not have the local resources necessary to help students reach their full potential. This ruling is a repudiation of a bare-bones system of public education that opponents of this lawsuit defended in court during the trial. Now, as ordered by the court, the state legislature has no choice but to fix the state’s broken, unjust funding system. We look forward to working with them to achieve that historic goal.”


PA Schools Work is a non-partisan coalition of organizations from across Pennsylvania representing teachers and other educators; urban, suburban and rural communities; and parents and community members working together to advocate for PA public schools, their students and the communities they serve. For more information on PA Schools Work, visit