Much has been made of the inequities built into the state’s system of education funding.

It has gotten so bad that a group of parents, headed by a family in the William Penn School District, has taken the state to court, looking for the opportunity to argue that the state system fails in its constitutional mandate to provide an equal education for all students. Their point is a simple one. For far too long, the state system has penalized students in struggling districts such as William Penn, offering them an inferior education, for no other reason than their zip code. It’s simple. Well-to-do districts are able to raise more revenue with their property taxes than impoverished districts where the economy is struggling.

Districts like William Penn. And Upper Darby.

While the fight over an equitable funding base has garnered headlines, another story has droned on in the background.

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