Lawsuit in Troubled Chester Upland School District Could Ripple Across State

At issue is whether state is living up to constitutional obligation to fund education.

Thorough and efficient.

Those three words can be found in Section 14 of the Pennsylvania Constitution: “The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.”

But what that archaic bit of legalese actually means is anyone’s guess.

 For decades, the Legislature, governor and public school officials have not hashed out a funding formula to meet the obligation to educate students. Likewise, the federal and state judiciary have been reluctant to establish a definition whenever a lawsuit has arisen over Pennsylvania’s vague constitutional language.

Click here to read the full article by Steve Esack and John L. Micek published in The Morning Call ( May 7, 2012).


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