It’s looking more and more likely that Pennsylvania schools will be closed beyond the initial 2-week shutdown mandated by Gov. Tom Wolf. The shutdown was implemented to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The issue is that many school districts are not prepared to offer...read more
School districts across the country are in an unprecedented situation. They face the challenge of educating millions of children at home. This obstacle has highlighted the divide between wealthy and poorer districts. While some districts prepared to give students...read more
Pennsylvania’s economy is tracking upward. Unemployment is near all-time lows. High-wage, family-sustaining jobs are available statewide. This economic boom promises prosperity for all, right? Not quite. Look more closely, and the upward trajectory threatens to...read more
There is a lot of talk in Harrisburg, from Republicans and Democrats, about growing Pennsylvania’s economy. They agree on some approaches such as infrastructure investment and workforce development, and diverge on others such as college affordability and higher wages....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.