Public school funding lawsuit may head to trial

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawsuit that claims Pennsylvania is failing to provide students with an adequate education will likely head to trial.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Commonwealth Court rejected Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati's request for a dismissal Monday. The 2014 suit filed by the Education Law Center and Public Interest Center claims the state is violating its constitution and that low-wealth districts are hurt by the formula.

Scarnati had argued Pennsylvania's school funding formula was satisfactory.

The case was previously dismissed in 2015 on the grounds that courts shouldn't be determining how much money equals a proper education.

Education Law Center legal director Maura McInerney says the next step is "deciding what trial will look like."

A spokesman for Scarnati didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

———

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com


Web Only

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented