On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, school districts, parents and advocates stood before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and urged the court to get involved in reviewing the state’s education funding system. Hundreds of people from across the state of Pennsylvania waited in line at Philadelphia’s City Hall to fill up the Supreme Court room, an overflow court room and then some.
If you were not able to view the oral argument this past Tuesday, you can watch a recorded version on PCN this Friday, September 16, at 1 p.m.
Attorneys for the state (including John Knorr, Office of Pa. Attorney Generaland Patrick Northern, Dilworth Paxson) argued that a child has no individual right to an education and that the courts should not get involved in protecting our children’s rights. But it is clear that when schools are without basic resources like libraries, text books, computers, teachers, guidance counselors, and too many other resources to name, there is no thorough and efficient system and that the court must get involved.
The Pa. Supreme Court will issue an opinion sometime after the argument. There is no deadline. If the petitioners win, they will go forward to a trial before a judge of the Commonwealth Court, at which time they will have to provide evidence, such as witness testimony, that proves that Pennsylvania’s school funding system is broken. If they win at that round, they will ask the court to tell the legislature to create a better system of funding which complies with the constitution, but it will initially be up to the legislature to make the decisions how to fix the system. If the Petitioners lose it is the end of the case, and people who believe more funding is necessary will need to convince the legislature to provide it.
High court hears education-funding case in Philly — Philadelphia Inquirer, September 14, 2016
Pa. Supreme Court considers diving into school funding debate at jam-packed hearing — Newsworks/WHYY, September 13, 2016
Voters drive real reform — The Times-Tribune, September 15, 2016
Will PA’s Supreme Court Justices Be Just? — Philly’s 7th Ward, September 14, 2016
Editorial: Fair funding still elusive goal in Pa. education — Delaware County Times, September 14, 2016
Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments in Pa. education funding suit — Delaware County Times, September 14, 2016
State high court hears school funding challenge — The Citizens’ Voice, September 14, 2016
Education reformers press Pa. Supreme Court to act on funding inequities — Associated Press, September 13, 2016
Advocates encouraged by school funding hearings before state Supreme Court — Times Leader, September 13, 2016
Debate Heats Up In Philly: Should School Funding Be Decided In The Courts — CBS Philly, September 13, 2016
State Supreme Court hears arguments that school funding is unfair — The Notebook, September 13, 2016
Pennsylvania High Court Hears School Funding Challenge — 6ABC, September 13, 2016
School funding goes before state’s highest court in Philly today — Metro, September 13, 2016
Pa. Supreme Court to consider school funding challenges — Associated Press, September 13, 2016
Before state Supreme Court weighs in, a rally for education funding — Philadelphia Inquirer, September 13, 2016
Pa. Supreme Court hears education funding case today — Delaware County Times, September 13, 2016
Fight for Funding Pa. Public Schools Headed to Court — 6ABC, September 12, 2016
Concert to support fair funding lawsuit takes over Dilworth Park — The Notebook, September 12, 2016
Pennsylvania’s education funding case: Here’s what you need to know — Newsworks/WHYY, September 12, 2016
Rural students deserve their fair share of school funding: Joe Bard and Karen Jez — Penn Live, September 12, 2016
Pass Or Fail? Pa. Supreme Court To Hear School Funding Lawsuit — CBS Philly, September 12, 2016
State Supreme Court to hear school funding lawsuit — The Morning Call, September 12, 2016
Commentary: Why we sued over our daughter’s education — Philadelphia Inquirer, September 12, 2016
Can Courts Determine if General Assembly is Doing its Job? — Public News Service, September 12, 2016
Erie schools leader supports lawsuit seeking funding reform — GoErie.com, September 11, 2016
Close the opportunity gap in Pennsylvania — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 11, 2016
State Supreme Court to hear school funding lawsuit — Philadelphia Tribune, September 10, 2016
School funding lawsuit set for hearing Tuesday — The Notebook, September 9, 2016
State high court to hear arguments in funding lawsuit that includes W-B Area — Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, September 8, 2016