Updates

Recapping Week Six of the PA School Funding Trial

We’re back! After a two-week holiday recess, court resumed Thursday in the school funding trial with the first two days of witness testimony in 2022. Jane Harbert, former superintendent of William Penn School District, a petitioner in the lawsuit taking on legislative leaders and other state officials for their failure to adequately and fairly fund […]

Recapping Week Five of the PA School Funding Trial

In a short fifth week of trial in the ongoing school funding case in Pennsylvania, we heard from leaders and staff of districts in cities, suburbs, and rural small towns, before heading into a holiday recess.

Recapping Week Three of the PA School Funding Trial

Superintendent Amy Arcurio of Greater Johnstown concluded nearly three days of testimony Wednesday morning. Johnstown’s elementary school serves 1,200 students – and can afford only two reading specialists. Every year, Arcurio said, the district needs to make “awful” decisions about which students can receive the limited services they are able to provide.

Recapping Week Two of the PA School Funding Trial

The second week of witness testimony in the Pennsylvania school funding trial featured three days of testimony from Pennsylvania’s former top K-12 official, and an introduction to Greater Johnstown School District

What Are School Districts And Parents Asking For In The Lawsuit?

November 18, 2021–The school districts, parents, and statewide organizations that are suing state officials are asking the court to: Declare that our current system of funding our schools does not comply with the state constitution, and Order the state legislature, the governor, and the Department of Education to create and maintain a new “thorough and […]

Recapping week one of the PA school funding trial

In the first full week of the Pennsylvania school funding trial, we heard from witnesses from Panther Valley School District, as well as experts on the history of PA constitution’s education clause and school finance.

Students’ Day In Court Begins: Opening Statements, November 12

This is a summary of the openings statements heard on the first day of the PA school funding trial. For daily highlights from court each day, check out Fund Our Schools PA, our joint website with Education Law Center-PA for sharing information on the case.  November 12, 2021 – Commonwealth Court heard dramatic and conflicting […]

Trial in the PA school funding lawsuit begins Nov. 12. Here’s what you need to know.

On Friday, November 12 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania school districts and parents will begin to put on their case against our state legislature and other state officials. They will demand sufficient state funding for public schools, so that all students can receive the quality education that they deserve and that our state constitution guarantees. You can follow […]

New trial start date scheduled in the Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit; trial slated to begin November 12

September 17, 2021–Trial in a historic lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s school funding system is now scheduled to begin on Friday, November 12, following a request for a 30-day extension from Sen. Jake Corman due to an unforeseen medical emergency of an attorney in the case. Petitioners in the case send their best wishes for good health […]

Trial in Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit now set to begin October 12

August 18, 2021–Trial in a historic lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s school funding system is now scheduled to begin on October 12. Commonwealth Court Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer announced the new trial date, a month later than the previous start date of September 9, during an August 17 pretrial conference. The later date will allow superintendents and […]