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Landmark Pa. school-funding lawsuit appears headed to trial

August 21, 2018

Plaintiff Bryant Miller (left) walks into Philadelphia City Hall in September with lawyers arguing for better school funding in Pennsylvania. The lawyers are Maura McInerney and, Deborah Gordon Klehr of the Education Law Center and Michael Churchill of the Public Interest Law Center.

By Staff

A landmark lawsuit challenging how Pennsylvania pays for public education is moving closer to trial after the Commonwealth Court on Monday dismissed state lawmakers’ last remaining objection to the case.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) argued for dismissal on the ground that in 2016 Pennsylvania  adopted a formula directing more money to school districts with greater student needs. But the plaintiffs — among them the William Penn School District in Delaware County and parents of Philadelphia students — said that disparities between low and high-wealth districts had increased despite the formula, which applies only to a portion of what Pennsylvania spends on public education.

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