Landmark Pa. school-funding lawsuit appears headed to trial
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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