School Funding Lawsuit

Press Hits

WATCH: Community Conversation – Paying for Public Schools – PBS 39, April 28, 2023

Philly-area urban district school superintendents call for charter reform, decry unfunded mandates – DelCo Daily Times, March 28, 2023

Altoona, Johnstown schools call for equitable funding – WTAJ, March 28, 2023

Gov. Shapiro says Republicans won’t appeal Pa.’s landmark school-funding ruling – Philadelphia Inquirer, March 15, 2023

What you need to know about education funding proposed in Gov. Shapiro’s budget – Philadelphia Inquirer, March 7, 2023

With court win, Pennsylvania schools want plan, down payment – AP, March 1, 2023

Pa. has an unprecedented opportunity to fix public school funding. We can’t miss it | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star, February 22, 2023

Pa. school funding verdict is a welcome start, but battle is far from over – Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2023

A Pa. court just ruled the state must close the wealth gap among school districts. Will it matter in Allegheny County? – Pittsburgh City Paper, February 15, 23

The Pa. school funding decision was the culmination of this 83-year-old Philly lawyer’s life’s work – Philadelphia Inquirer, February 15, 23

Education in PA is a fundamental right and a necessary investment – York Daily Record, February 15, 23

Ruling in landmark Pennsylvania public education funding lawsuit is just and long overdue [editorial] – LNP Lancaster-Online, February 12, 2023

At long last, an equitable ruling on school funding. Change must now follow swiftly. | Editorial – Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2023

Shapiro, Pa. lawmakers may face multibillion-dollar budget question after major school funding ruling – Spotlight PA, February 9, 2023

Underfunded schools are unconstitutional, Pa. court rules – Washington Post, February 9, 2023

Commonwealth Court rules for school districts in fair funding dispute; Greater Johnstown among plaintiffs – Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, February 8, 2023

Judge rules for Panther Valley – Times News, February 7, 2023

Pennsylvania’s school funding system violates state constitution, judge rules – Chalkbeat Philadelphia, February 7, 2023

Landmark Pa. school funding case decided: The state’s system is unconstitutional – Philadelphia Inquirer, February 7, 2023

Poorer districts win challenge to Pa. public school funding – AP, February 7, 2023

An archive of press highlights during trial can be found on Fund Our Schools PA, a joint project of the Public Interest Law Center and Education Law Center – PA

Here’s what you need to know about the School District of Lancaster’s school funding lawsuit against the state — Lancaster Online, February 21, 2020

PA school budget increases called positive but insufficient — Latrobe Bulletin, February 5, 2020

School Fair Funding Lawsuit Update Expected Wednesday — Delaware County Daily Times, January 24, 2020

‘If we had fair funding, our schools wouldn’t be in such disrepair’: 3 takeaways from meeting with SDL’s superintendent and board president — Lancaster Online, January 22, 2020

Why Philadelphia Public Schools Need More State Funding — The Legal Intelligencer, December 19, 2019

Is Pennsylvania’s financial recovery law helping school districts? — York Dispatch, December 9, 2019

Segregation in Pennsylvania schools: How a ZIP code determines the quality of a child’s education — The Morning Call, October 31, 2019

Editorial: Lawsuit could be a step towards equity in Pa. education funding — Pitt News, September 3, 2019

Landmark lawsuit challenges how Pennsylvania funds its public schools — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 3, 2019

Inclined to Care – Funding the Future — Saturday Light Brigade, August 1, 2019

Lack of State Funding Pushes Districts to Financial Precipice — Legal Intelligencer, July 19, 2019

Greater Johnstown School District’s lawsuit against the state continues — WJAC, June 18, 2019

Lawsuit continues: Attorney visits Johnstown, calls state school funding ‘inadequate, inequitable and unconstitutional’ — Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, June 18, 2019

Why, yes, spending more money on schools does yield better results | Thursday Morning Coffee — Pennsylvania Capital-Star, April 18, 2019

Community hears update on School Funding Lawsuit – Trial set to begin Summer 2020 — Chestnut Hill Local, December 21, 2018

William Penn funding suit goes to trial in 2020 — DelCo Daily Times, December 10, 2018

School District of Lancaster’s school funding case headed to trial in 2020 — Lancaster Online, December 7, 2018

Fair-funding trial date set for summer 2020 — The Notebook, December 6, 2018

Trial scheduled in landmark Pa. school-funding case — Philadelphia Inquirer, December 6, 2018

Education-funding lawsuit with local participants finally gets trial schedule — Times Leader, December 6, 2018

Trial Set for 2020 in Long-Running Pennsylvania School Funding Lawsuit — Education Week, December 6, 2018

Has there been a return to ‘pauper schools’ in Pennsylvania? A brief history of public education in the state. — Public Source, August 28, 2018

Public school funding lawsuit may head to trial — AP, August 22, 2018

Pa. funding lawsuit moves toward full trial as court dismisses latest objection — Keystone Crossroads, August 21, 2018

School funding lawsuit can proceed, judge rules — The Notebook, August 21, 2018

Pa. school funding lawsuit may now proceed to trial now that the court denies mootness claim — Penn Live, August 21, 2018

Judge refuses to toss education funding lawsuit — Delaware County Daily Times, August 21, 2018

Landmark Pa. school-funding lawsuit appears headed to trial — Philadelphia Inquirer, August 21, 2018

Is Pennsylvania’s school funding unfair? This lawsuit hopes to upend the model. — Public Source, August 14, 2018

State leaders respond to ‘moot’ claim in education funding lawsuit — Delaware Country Daily Times, August 8, 2018

Many school districts still shortchanged by Pa. education funding formula — The Morning Call, July 31, 2018

School funding suit slams cuts — Altoona Mirror, July 11, 2018

William Penn-led funding lawsuit isn’t ‘moot,’ argue lawyers — Delaware County Daily Times, July 9, 2018

Spending gaps are wider, school conditions worse, petitioners in school funding lawsuit say — The Notebook, July 6, 2018

Gap between rich and poor Pa. school districts has grown, funding lawsuit says — Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2018

Pa. will soon have to provide more equitable funding for schools — York Daily Record, May 17. 2018

Court allows historic school funding case to proceed — The Notebook, May 7, 2018

Landmark Pa. school-funding suit clears legal hurdle — Philadelphia Inquirer, May 7, 2018

Public education shouldn’t have to rely on private money | Opinion — Philadelphia Inquirer, April 20, 2018

Fair funding for Pennsylvania schools — Philadelphia Tribune, March 10, 2018

William Penn-led school funding suit back in court — Delaware County Daily Times, March 9, 2018

Pa. school funding dispute on converging court tracks — Associated Press, March 9, 2018

Commonwealth Court hears arguments in school funding case — The Notebook, March 7, 2018

GOP lawmakers seek to stop Pa. education funding lawsuit at preliminary hearing — Keystone Crossroads, March 7, 2018

Pennsylvania school-funding lawsuit seems poised to proceed — Philadelphia Inquirer, March 7, 2018

Lawsuit: Pennsylvania is failing its schoolchildren — Associated Press, March 7, 2018

School Funding Lawsuit Gets Commonwealth Court Hearing — CBS Philly, March 7, 2018

Commonwealth Court to hear arguments in public school funding case on Wednesday — Standard-Speaker, March 5, 2018

Court case could force state to close gap in spending between school districts — The Meadville Tribune, March 5, 2018

Court arguments set in Pa. school-funding case — Philadelphia Inquirer, February 2, 2018

Changing course, Gov. Wolf asks courts to rule on Pa. education funding lawsuit — Keystone Crossroads, January 26, 2018

Gov. Wolf asks court to expedite school funding lawsuit; GOP leaders reiterate opposition — The Notebook, January 25, 2018

Here are the top education stories of 2017 — The Notebook, December 29, 2017

Flashpoint: Resisting Deportation Orders, Public Interest Lawsuits, Marian Anderson Christmas — CBS Philly, December 17, 2017

In School Funding Court Battles, There’s Been a Winning Shift — Governing, December 6, 2017

Parent: Why is Greater Johnstown school system so far in debt? — The Tribune-Democrat, November 16, 2017

Is state failing Greater Johnstown students? Experts to tackle question — The Tribune-Democrat, November 14, 2017

Erie schools less likely to join statewide lawsuit —, November 7, 2017

Editorial: One battle won in education funding; the war goes on — Delaware County Daily Times, October 28, 2017

Pa. public school advocates meet in Delco, joyous to get their day in court — Keystone Crossroads, October 25, 2017

Districts push case for more state education funding — Delaware County Daily Times, October 25, 2017

The Pending Supreme Court Bombshell — The Philadelphia Citizen, October 12, 2017

Here’s the simple truth about school funding no one wants to talk about — Penn Live, October 10, 2017

Pa. Supreme Court likely to change how we fund schools (column) — York Daily Record, October 9, 2017

School funding should win when it goes to court — Chestnut Hill Local, October 6, 2017

Court should tell lawmakers, ‘Do your job!’ — The Intelligencer, October 6, 2017

Bucks County residents, officials discuss school funding problems — Bucks County Courier Times, October 4, 2017

Education advocates celebrate school funding lawsuit ruling with a City Hall rally — The Notebook, October 3, 2017

Ruling a wake-up for tax reform — The Citizens’ Voice, October 1, 2017

Our view: At long last, school funding heads to court — Times Leader, September 30, 2017

State Supreme Court orders trial on public school funding — The Citizens’ Voice, September 29, 2017

State Supreme Court rules in favor of school districts — Philadelphia Tribune, September 29, 2017

PA Supreme Court clears way for judicially created education standards — City & State Pennsylvania, September 29, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Orders School Funding Trial — Education Week, September 29, 2017

In victory for advocates, Supreme Court rules that school funding lawsuit can go ahead — The Notebook, September 28, 2017

Erie schools to review state Supreme Court funding decision —, September 28, 2017

Divided Pa. Supreme Court revives legal battle over fairness of public school funding — Penn Live, September 28, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules School Funding Inequity Lawsuit Must Go to Trial — The 74, September 28, 2017

Pa. Supreme Court revives lawsuit over how public schools are funded — Associated Press, September 28, 2017

William Penn School District, parents win key ruling in education funding fight — Delaware County Daily Times, September 28, 2017

Editorial: Nothing fair about education funding in Pa., William Penn — Delaware County Daily Times, September 28, 2017

Pa. Supreme Court opens door to school funding overhaul — Philadelphia Inquirer, September 28, 2017

Those challenging fairness of Pa. school funding will have day in court — Newsworks/WHYY, September 28, 2017

In Pa. school-funding maze, formula for equity elusive — Philadelphia Inquirer, September 25, 2017

Fair funding advocates decry Pa. leaders for playing politics with specialty school money — Newsworks/WHYY, September 18, 2017

Erie School Board to consider fair-funding case —, March 15, 2017

Eichelberger’s remarks on schools revealed a deeper truth – they’re still underfunded — Penn Live, February 24, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Why we need fairness in education funding — Delaware County Daily Times, October 20, 2016

More money, spent in the right way, reduces the achievement gap, study says — The Notebook, September 27, 2016

Ed Palattella: Soccer offers field-level view of Erie schools funding crisis —, September 25, 2016

Court reviews education funding — Beaver County Times, September 23, 2016

Gov. Wolf visits Philly to talk education funding, tout record — Newsworks/WHYY, September 23, 2016

Court eyes school funding — Pocono Record, September 21, 2016

Courts must step in to ensure fair funding of public education — Huffington Post, September 19, 2016

Courts, Schools and Politics — From a Certain Point of View, September 19, 2016

EDITORIAL: Fairness of Pa. school funding deserves a hearing — Pottstown Mercury, September 18, 2016

Editorial: A tale of two school districts — Delaware County Daily Times, September 18, 2016

Our Opinion: Give school districts their day in (Commonwealth) court — Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, September 18, 2016

Explainer: Fair funding for public education goes to trial in Philadelphia — Al Dia, September 16, 2016

Reformers appeal dismissal of school funding lawsuit — Philadelphia Tribune, September 16, 2016

DN editorial: Court needs to step in, level educational playing field — Philadelphia Daily News, September 16, 2016

PA advocates aim to improve public school system’s image — WITF, September 15, 2016

Funding formula still unfair — Bucks County Courier Times,  September 15, 2016

Voters drive real reform — The Times-Tribune, September 15, 2016

Will PA’s Supreme Court Justices Be Just? — Philly’s 7th Ward, September 14, 2016

Editorial: Fair funding still elusive goal in Pa. education — Delaware County Times, September 14, 2016

Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments in Pa. education funding suit — Delaware County Times, September 14, 2016

State high court hears school funding challenge — The Citizens’ Voice, September 14, 2016

High court hears education-funding case in Philly — Philadelphia Inquirer, September 14, 2016

Pa. Supreme Court considers diving into school funding debate at jam-packed hearing — Newsworks/WHYY, September 13, 2016

Education reformers press Pa. Supreme Court to act on funding inequities — Associated Press, September 13, 2016

Advocates encouraged by school funding hearings before state Supreme Court — Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, September 13, 2016

Debate Heats Up In Philly: Should School Funding Be Decided In The Courts — CBS Philly, September 13, 2016

State Supreme Court hears arguments that school funding is unfair — The Notebook, September 13, 2016

Pennsylvania High Court Hears School Funding Challenge — 6ABC, September 13, 2016

School funding goes before state’s highest court in Philly today — Metro, September 13, 2016

Pa. Supreme Court to consider school funding challenges — Associated Press, September 13, 2016

Before state Supreme Court weighs in, a rally for education funding — Philadelphia Inquirer, September 13, 2016

Pa. Supreme Court hears education funding case today — Delaware County Times, September 13, 2016

Fight for Funding Pa. Public Schools Headed to Court — 6ABC, September 12, 2016

Concert to support fair funding lawsuit takes over Dilworth Park — The Notebook, September 12, 2016

Pennsylvania’s education funding case: Here’s what you need to know — Newsworks/WHYY, September 12, 2016

Rural students deserve their fair share of school funding: Joe Bard and Karen Jez — Penn Live, September 12, 2016

Pass Or Fail? Pa. Supreme Court To Hear School Funding Lawsuit — CBS Philly, September 12, 2016

State Supreme Court to hear school funding lawsuit — The Morning Call, September 12, 2016

Commentary: Why we sued over our daughter’s education — Philadelphia Inquirer, September 12, 2016

Can Courts Determine if General Assembly is Doing its Job? — Public News Service, September 12, 2016

Erie schools leader supports lawsuit seeking funding reform —, September 11, 2016

Close the opportunity gap in Pennsylvania — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 11, 2016

State Supreme Court to hear school funding lawsuit — Philadelphia Tribune, September 10, 2016

School funding lawsuit set for hearing Tuesday — The Notebook, September 9, 2016

State high court to hear arguments in funding lawsuit that includes W-B Area — Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, September 8, 2016

NAACP PA continues fight against State Department of Education — Penn Live, August 27, 2016

Whose side are you on? — The Point with PCCY, August 26, 2016

William Penn gets support from Upper Darby in lawsuit– News of Delaware County, April 13, 2016

Delco school districts happy Pa. budget impasse is over– Delaware County Daily Times, March 25, 2016

Haverford board votes to support William Penn School District in lawsuit– Delaware County Daily Times, March 17, 2016

UNITED: School directors support lawsuit seeking to fix ed funding– Indiana Gazette, March 9, 2016

Philadelphia weighs in on school funding suit– Philadelphia Inquirer, February 17, 2016

City files ‘friend of court’ brief in school funding lawsuit– The Notebook, February 17, 2016

high court might force school funding fix– York Daily Record, February 3, 2016

Haverford School Board OKs budget, tax hike– Delaware County Daily Times, January 26, 2016

School Funding: Do Pennsylvania Courts Have a Role?– The Legal Intelligencer, January 25, 2016

What does the changing Pa. Supreme Court mean for education funding, charter schools?– Newsworks/WHYY, November 4, 2015

Jim Crow Segregation Lives On: An Examination of Pennsylvania’s Race-based System of Public School Funding– Atlanta Blackstar, October 1, 2015

School-funding advocates appeal to Supreme Court– Lancaster Online, September 29, 2015

Plaintiffs in school funding case file brief in Pa. Supreme Court– The Notebook, September 22, 2015

School Funding Lawsuit Goes to State Supreme Court– Public News Service, September 22, 2015

Group that includes W-B Area School District appeals funding lawsuit to state’s top court– Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, September 21, 2015

There is a consensus in Pa. for property-tax relief– Philadelphia Inquirer, August 31, 2015

With Future of Pennsylvania’s Schools in the Balance, Lawsuit Seeks to Compel State to Increase Funding and Implement a more Equitable Distribution System– PBIDA Newsletter, June 22, 2015

School-funding suit headed for highest Pa. court– Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 2015

School funding lawsuit headed to Pa. Supreme Court– Philadelphia Daily News, May 21, 2015

Battle over fairness of state education funding heads to Supreme Court– Penn Live, May 20, 2015

Districts and Parents Appeal Pennsylvania School Funding Ruling– Education Week, May 20, 2015

Commonwealth Court decision on Pa. school funding appealed– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 20, 2015

Group asks state Supreme Court to hear school funding case– The Notebook, May 20, 2015

LETTER: It’s time for fair funding of education– Montgomery Media, May 12, 2015

School-funding issue heads for high court– Republican Herald – May 3, 2015

Court punts on fair education funding in Pa.– York Daily Record, April 28, 2015

school funding panel expected to issue recommendations in June– Newsworks/WHYY, April 28, 2015

Schools funding commission closing in on deadline– WITF, April 28, 2015

Editorial: No justice from courts on school funding– Pottstown Mercury, April 26, 2015

Editorial: Another setback for education funding– Delaware County Times, April 26, 2015

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court rejects school funding lawsuit– Watchdog, April 22, 2015

Suit challenging school funding headed to top Pa. court– Philadelphia Inquirer, April 22, 2015
Commonwealth Court tosses William Penn School District’s school funding lawsuit – Delaware County Times, April 21, 2015

court throws out challenge to state’s education funding– Pottstown Mercury, April 21, 2015

School districts, parents will take school-funding challenge to state Supreme Court– The Morning Call, April 21, 2015

School Funding Crusaders to Appeal Suit to State Supreme Court– Philadelphia Magazine, April 21, 2015

Commonwealth Court refuses to step into school funding fray– Penn Live, April 21, 2015

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court dismisses school funding lawsuit– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 21, 2015

court throws out challenge to state’s education funding– Associated Press, April 21, 2015

Court Dismisses Districts’ Challenge to State School Funding System– Education Week, April 21, 2015

Court dismisses Pennsylvania school funding case; plaintiffs to appeal– The Notebook, April 21, 2015

School-funding case dismissed– Philadelphia Inquirer, April 21, 2015

William Penn School District advocates: School funding lawsuit a game changer– Delaware County Times, April 11, 2015

Lynne Abraham would sue Harrisburg to adequately fund city schools– Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2, 2015

Education is more than ‘keeping the doors open– Chestnut Hill Local, March 25, 2015

Court hears oral argument in Pa. school funding lawsuit– The Notebook, March 24, 2015

Editorial: School district suit only way to even field– Delaware County Times, March 17, 2015

Michael Churchill and Sheila Armstrong Interview– WURD, March 16, 2015

William Penn among districts claiming failures in state school funding– Delaware County Times, March 12, 2015

Court to determine whether school funding case moves forward– Philadelphia Daily News, March 12, 2015

Districts, parents take Pa. government to court over education funding– The Notebook, March 12, 2015

Districts, parents take Pa. government to court over education funding– Newsworks/WHYY, March 12, 2015

Commonwealth Court weighs fate of Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 12, 2015

Public Education Advocates Take Pennsylvania To Court Over School Funding– CBS Philly, March 11, 2015

School districts sue Department of Education over low funding– Fox 43, March 11, 2015

Court panel mulls taking up schools funding case– WITF, March 11, 2015

PA school funding lawsuit lands in catch-22– The Morning Call, March 11, 2015

School funding lawsuit hinges on whether court will hear it– Penn Live, March 11, 2015

School funding lawsuit is ‘like Groundhog Day’ movie, state officials say– Lancaster Online, March 11, 2015

School-funding system ‘broken,’ Pa. judges hear– Philadelphia Inquirer, March 11, 2015

School-funding case aired in Harrisburg– Philadelphia Inquirer, March 11, 2015

Court to weigh fate of Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit– Associated Press, March 11, 2015

Court to hear first arguments on Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit– Lancaster Online, March 10, 2015

Court to hear school funding case– Republican Herald, February 19, 2015

Residents voice support for funding lawsuit– Chestnut Hill Local, February 11, 2015

Haverford school board lends support to basic ed funding formula– Delaware County News Network, February 5, 2015

Pennsylvania schools sue state in bid to reform funding– Aljazeera America, December 11, 2014

Pennsylvania Plaintiffs File Major New Adequacy and Equity Case – National Education Access Network, November 26, 2014

What’s the deal with school funding reform in Pennsylvania?– Lancaster Online, November 24, 2014

Suit calls state school funding arbitrary and irrational– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 23, 2014

Council acts on veteran-friendly legislation– Philadelphia Tribune, November 21, 2014

schools funding challenge begins round two– Newsworks, November 16, 2014

Community needs to safeguard educational opportunities– Lancaster Online, November 16, 2014

Groups plan actions as education funding body meets in Philly– The Notebook, November 16, 2014

School funding shouldn’t be ‘accident of geography’– Lancaster Online, November 16, 2014

Editorial: The hunt for fair education funding formula goes on– Delaware County Daily Times, November 15, 2014

Michael Churchill Interview– The Rick Smith Show, November 13, 2014

Schools, Parents Sue Pennsylvania Over ‘Educational Caste System’– Common Dreams, November 13, 2014

education funding’s elephant in the room– Observer-Reporter, November 12, 2014

Wolf’s Challenge: PA ‘One of the Worst’ in Funding Its Schools– Beaver County Blue, November 12, 2014

As of November 11, 2014:

Associated Press (as seen at The Republic): Public school advocates sue Pennsylvania officials over irrational system of state funding

Associated Press (as seen at SF Gate): 5 things to know for Monday in Pennsylvania

CBS Philly/KYW: Lawsuit Filed Against Commonwealth of Pa. Over School Funding

Citizens’ Voice: W-B Area, mother challenge state funding

Education Dive: PA districts sue state over alleged funding inadequacies

Education Week:  Districts, Parents Sue Over ‘Irrational and Inequitable’ School Funding

FOX43:  school districts sue state over funding

Lancaster Online: School District of Lancaster sues state officials over funding system

Metro:  parents sue state for more school funds

Morning Call: Schools suing Pa. Department of Education over funding

NBC8: Education advocates slap state with lawsuit

Newsworks/WHYY: Claiming Pa. shortchanges kids, coalition seeks funding for ‘thorough’ education

Newsworks/WHYY: Lawsuit charges Pennsylvania with failing to provide ‘thorough and efficient’ education

Philadelphia Daily News: Suit claims Corbett failed to provide proper education

Philadelphia Inquirer: School districts, parents, activists sue Pennsylvania over school funding

Philadelphia Magazine: Lawsuit: School Funding in Pennsylvania is Unconstitutional

Philadelphia Magazine: It’s Time for Pennsylvania to Stop Discriminating Against Black Kids

Philadelphia Tribune: Lawsuit challenges state’s public education funding system

com: Districts, parents sue Pa. over education funding

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Six school districts file suit against Pennsylvania over school funding

Politics of Decline, Redux:  Lawsuit to Shape State Funding Reform

Reuters (as seen at Huffington Post): Pennsylvania School Districts Sue State Over Education Funding

Scranton Times-Tribune: Three NEPA schools challenge funding

The Notebook:  sued for failing to provide fair, ‘thorough and efficient’ school system

We are Central PA: Johnstown School District Sues State

WFMZ69 Allentown: Area school districts suing the state