(Apr 28) Court punts on fair education funding in Pa. (YDR opinion)

Court punts on fair education funding in Pa. (YDR opinion)
Digital First Media Pennsylvania Editorial Board. YDR editors are members of this board.

Kids and taxpayers in poor school districts who for years have been weighed down by an inherently unfair funding system got a hard civics lesson last week.

Their plea for the courts to fix what is clearly a broken system of school funding in Pennsylvania was ignored.

A lawsuit filed by officials in six financially struggling schools districts, along with seven parents, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools, and the NAACP Pennsylvania State conference was rejected by the Commonwealth Court.

The court ruled that education funding lies in the realm of the Legislature — which is nice and tidy, unless your child happens to live in, say, York city.

The court ruling means students in poor districts will continue to receive a substandard education simply because of where they live. It means Pennsylvania will continue to fail to meet its duty to adequately and equitably fund its public schools.

Full story: Court punts on fair education funding in Pa. (YDR opinion), York Daily Record and Digital First Media Pennsylvania Editorial Board, 04/28/15

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