Lawsuit revival could spell more money for Erie schools

Lawsuit revival could spell more money for Erie schools

Lawsuit revival could spell more money for Erie schools

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the state Supreme Court's 5-2 ruling reversed a 2015 decision by a lower court that rejected the challenge to how the state allocates funds to schools.

Student achievement gaps between rich and poor school districts in CT are among the largest in the nation. "We're fighting a battle not just for William Penn but for the whole state of Pennsylvania". In an interview, he said he had waited a long time for this.

Lawyers for the districts have maintained that the state's adoption of academic standards, not in place when prior funding lawsuits were dismissed, meant it had a responsibility to provide adequate funding to meet them.

"We get the court to consider whether the Commonwealth has adequately funded education", Wendolowski said. In recent years, the achievement gap between rich and poor schools has "just become more glaring".

Following extensive appellate briefing and public outreach-including legislative testimony before the CT General Assembly's Education Committee earlier this year-EAP students assisted clinical professor Joseph Moodhe in presenting legal arguments they had spent years honing.

"Today's ruling ensures that our schoolchildren across Pennsylvania will finally have their day in court", Deborah Gordon Klehr, executive director of Education Law Center-PA said in a prepared statement.

The William Penn School District, located in Delaware County, and others joining the case with an educational interest claimed that the state has failed to provide the constitutionally required educational system and that the state-local hybrid approach to funding public schools is untenable and creates disparities in education quality. In a brief filed with the Supreme Court before he left office, former Virginia Solicitor General Stuart Raphael wrote that the automobile exception applies because police believed that the motorcycle was stolen and had twice been used to flee from police.

The ruling drew backlash from House Republicans.

One thing is clear: education funding is complicated.

"This decision should be very alarming for all Pennsylvania taxpayers and communities".

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