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Our comment on new proposed SBA rules for veterans with criminal histories

Recently, the Small Business Administration (SBA) proposed changes to its rules for programs certifying veteran-owned small businesses for consideration for federal contracts. The SBA took a step forward for inclusion of Americans with criminal records by removing categorical exclusions of business owners who are on parole, on probation, or incarcerated. Unfortunately, the agency left in […]

Housing Quality in Philadelphia: Renters United Philadelphia’s Comments on Philadelphia’s Draft Assessment of Fair Housing

The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) recently completed their Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for 2022. On July 29, members of Renters United Philadelphia (RUP) submitted comments, drawing on their experience as working class renters in Philadelphia. RUP members specifically focused on housing quality issues in their comments, namimg health and safety […]

How to Address Source of Income Discrimination: Our Comments on Philadelphia’s Draft Assessment of Fair Housing

The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) recently completed their Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for 2022. On July 28, we submitted comments on this plan, which focused on a persistent barrier to safe and affordable housing: source of income discrimination. Our staff attorney Sari Bernstein recommends steps that the City and […]

In Court, A Clash Of Views On What Education System PA’s Constitution Requires

As the parties gathered in court one final time on Tuesday to argue the legal issues, attorneys for petitioner districts, families, and organizations in Pennsylvania’s historic school funding trial highlighted the promise of a high-quality school system for all students spelled out in the state Constitution that they contend remains unrealized for hundreds of thousands of students in low-wealth districts.

PA Lawsuit Taking on Preemption of Local Gun Safety Laws Dismissed; City of Philadelphia and Families of Gun Violence Victims Vow to Appeal

May 27, 2022 — The City of Philadelphia, residents of Philadelphia and Allegheny County who have lost family members to gun violence, and CeaseFirePA plan to appeal a decision released yesterday afternoon from Commonwealth Court dismissing their lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s Firearm Preemption Laws. These laws, they claim, violate the Pennsylvania State Constitution’s fundamental right to […]

‘It’s Time To Keep That Promise:’ Closing Arguments, March 10

“Let me say it again, because it’s the whole case. Low-wealth districts do not have the resources that they need to prepare all children for college, career and civic success.”

Week 13 of the PA School Funding Trial: Closing Arguments Set for March 10

Watch the culmination of 13 weeks of trial, 48 days of witness testimony, and years of steadfast efforts of school districts and families across Pennsylvania who sued state officials because they believe a better future is possible for students in our commonwealth’s public schools.

Week 12 of the PA School Funding Trial: Respondents Wrap Up

February 19, 2022–We reached a major milestone in the Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit this week, as legislative leaders called their final four witnesses in their case defending our current school funding system. Daily summaries of each day’s proceedings are now available at FundOurSchoolsPA.org/news Sign up to receive these weekly summaries in your inbox at FundOurSchoolsPA.org On Valentine’s […]

Week 11 of the PA School Funding Trial: One Witness Withdrawn, Two Testify

February 12, 2022–Legislative leaders continued their case defending the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s current school funding system this week, first calling Mark Ornstein, an educational administrator who most recently led the University Prep Charter School network in Detroit, as an expert witness. Ornstein had prepared a report on the use of standardized test scores and the […]

Week 10 of the PA School Funding Trial: Respondents’ Turn to Call Witnesses

February 5, 2022 – This week, trial entered a new phase, as legislative respondents began to call witnesses to put on their case in defense of Pennsylvania’s current system for funding public schools. First up: Aaron Anderson, CEO and head of school at Logos Academy, a K-12 private Christian school with 225 students in York, […]