Judge’s decision in state school funding lawsuit brings hope, concerns for educators

(Tim Tai/Philadelphia Inquirer)

The Commonwealth Court decision found the state’s current school funding system unconstitutional, but did little to foreshadow the implications for school districts in Allegheny County and elsewhere.

by Lajja Mistry, Public Source

A judge’s ruling this week that declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional has educators and advocates in Allegheny County hopeful and concerned about the implications for area districts. 

The ruling came almost a decade after the lawsuit was first filed in 2014 by civil rights groups, parents and six school districts in other parts of the state. 

Commonwealth Court President Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer highlighted disparities in spending between wealthy and low-income districts in the state’s education system, which largely relies on property taxes. 

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