Desegregating Philadelphia Schools


Case Remanded to Commonwealth Court

Recognizing that many of the problems plaguing Philadelphia originated at the state level, the Law Center and Judge Smith-Ribner sought to require Pennsylvania help pay for the cost of reforms. However, in 1999 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state could not be added to the lawsuit as a defendant, and the case was remanded to Commonwealth Court in search of other solutions to the underlying problems facing Philadelphia public schools.