Education Equity


School Funding Lawsuit

Advocates Heading to Court Over School Funding – Public News Service, August 2, 2016

Your school property taxes are probably rising again. Here’s how much — and why – Philadelphia Inquirer, June 30, 2016

School funding creates divide in state attorney general’s race – Associated Press, May 28, 2016

Can More Money Fix America’s Schools? – NPR, April 25, 2016

The cold realities of education in a poor Pennsylvania school district – Newsworks/WHYY, April 24, 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

Pa. 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

Pa. 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

Pa. 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

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

Pa. 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

School Funding Inequality Makes Education ‘Separate and Unequal,’ Arne Duncan Says – Huffington Post, March 13, 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

Pa. 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

Pa. 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: Pa. Districts, Parents Sue Over ‘Irrational and Inequitable’ School Funding

FOX43: Pa. school districts sue state over funding

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

Metro: Pa. 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 Districts, parents sue Pa. over education funding

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

Politics of Decline, Redux: Pa. 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: Pa. 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



Upper Dublin School District Discrimination

Suburban district works to address racial charges – Philadelphia Tribune, December 1, 2015

Discriminatory practices alleged at Upper Dublin schools – Philadelphia Tribune, November 27, 2015

Parent group accuses Upper Dublin School District of racial discrimination – The Ambler Gazetter, November 25, 2015

Black Philly Parents Complaint: No Black Kids In Gifted Program, 45% Of Suspensions – Breitbart, November 24, 2015

Upper Dublin schools accused of discrimination – Philadelphia Inquirer, November 24, 2015

Group of parents accuses Upper Dublin School District of discrimination – Associated Press, November 24, 2015

Parents Accuse Upper Dublin School District of Racial Discrimination – NBC10, November 24, 2015

Upper Dublin to review discrimination claims –, November 24, 2015



Philly Complaints Process

State’s findings of curriculum deficiencies are a major win, but more work is ahead – The Notebook, December 23, 2015

Pa.: Four Phila. schools offer deficient curricula – Philadelphia Inquirer, December 22, 2015

State finds deficiencies in 4 city schools, parents wary – Philadelphia Tribune, December 22, 2015

Pa. Education Dept. finds curriculum issues at C.W. Henry and other Phila. schools – Chestnut Hill Local, December 22, 2015

Big Victory for Philly Parents in Education Suit Against State – NBC10, December 22, 2015

State: Four Philly Schools Have “Curriculum Deficiencies” – Philly Mag, December 21, 2015

In Response To Lawsuit, State Orders Phila. School District To Correct Curriculum Deficiencies At 4 Schools – CBS Philly, December 21, 2015

Department of Education Responds to Parent Complaints – Fox29, December 21, 2015

Philly parents push state to intervene in four academically lacking schools – Newsworks/WHYY, December 21, 2015

State: Some Philly schools deficient –, December 21, 2015

Judge: Pa. education department on the hook for ‘curriculum deficiencies’ – Newsworks/WHYY, June 23, 2015

State can’t dismiss complaints filed by Philly school parents – The Notebook, June 19, 2015

We must still hate our kids: Philadelphia and “education reformers” fight demented war on elementary schools – Salon, November 1, 2014

Philly parents complaints not about curriculum says Pa. education head – Newsworks, October 13, 2014

State education secretary seeks lawsuit dismissal over conditions in Phila. schools – Philadelphia Inquirer, October 13, 2014

Parents file suit against state about school conditions – The Notebook, September 24, 2014

Parents Sue Pa. For Failing to Examine Philadelphia School Districts’ Problems – Education Week, September 10, 2014

Philly parents file suit against Pa. Department of Education – Newsworks, September 10, 2014

Parents sue state over Philadelphia schools – Watchdog, September 10, 2014

Suit: State failed to probe Philly school conditions – Philadelphia Daily News, September 10, 2014

New lawsuit names School District of Philadelphia – Philadelphia Tribune, September 9, 2014

Parents sue state, say it failed to probe problems in Phila. schools – Philadelphia Inquirer, September 9, 2014

Parents say state failed to probe school issues – (Associated Press) The Philadelphia Tribune, September 9, 2014

Parents Sue over Philadelphia School Conditions – Philadelphia Magazine, September 9, 2014

Phila Parents Sue Dept. of Education – CBS Philly, September 9, 2014

Parents sue over state response to Philly school complaints –, September 9, 2014

Parents sue state over underfunded schools– City Paper, September 9, 2014

City schools launch effort to report bad conditions – Philadelphia Tribune, August 29, 2014

Group Plans To Sue The State To Address Problems In Phila. Schools – CBS Philly, August 24, 2014

Inside city schools, grim scenes – Philadelphia Inquirer, August 21, 2014

Woes of Philly schools can’t be overstated, Hughes declares – Newsworks, August 21, 2014



School District of Philadelphia Funding Crisis

Budget uncertainty plagues principals, planning – The Notebook, May 18, 2015

Philadelphia Parents and Advocates Give Real Input on School Funding to Basic Education Funding Commission Commission Members Hear from Public at “Real Public Input Session” on Education Funding – Weekly Press, November 21, 2014

Transportation cuts on hold at Philly schools – Philadelphia Daily News, August 22, 2014

Philly schools will open on time, but with fewer resources than last year – Newsworks, August 15, 2014

Gov. Corbett advances $265 million to Phila. schools – Philadelphia Daily News, August 7, 2014

The path forward: Q&A with civil rights lawyer Michael Churchill of PILCOP – The Notebook, July 23, 2014

School Budget Problems Have Deep Roots in Philadelphia – Education Week, May 6, 2014

Philadelphia School Budget Crisis – NBC 10 Philadelphia, August 14, 2013

Group eyes lawsuit to force Pa. to release funding for Philadelphia Schools – KYW Radio, August 14, 2013



Right-to-Know School Closures

Years later, advocates win transparency battle with Philly district about school closures – Newsworks/WHYY, February 5, 2015

These Are the 88 Philly Schools Boston Consulting Group Recommended Closing – Philadelphia Magazine, January 30, 2015

Parents United prevails in getting BCG school-closings list – The Notebook, January 28, 2015



Lebanon Truancy Lawsuit

It’s Not Just Ferguson – The Nation, March 5, 2015

Lebanon Truancy Settlement Finalized – Lebanon Daily News, August 21, 2013

Lebanon School District settles class action lawsuit – Fox 43/WPMT, April 4, 2013

Federal judge approves Lebanon school truancy settlement – Lebanon Daily News, April 4, 2013

Federal judge provisionally approves Lebanon School truancy settlement – Lebanon Daily News, March 8, 2013

Lebanon School District Settles Truancy Suit – The Lebanon Daily News, February 19, 2013

Judge rules against Lebanon School District in truancy lawsuit –The Lebanon Daily News, November 21, 2012

The Truancy Trap– The Atlantic, September 5, 2012

Truancy fine battle against Lebanon School District becomes a class-action lawsuit – The Patriot-News, June 29, 2012

Lebanon truancy lawsuit now a class action – Lebanon Daily News, July 3, 2012

U.S. Judge: Parents’ Truancy Suit Against Lebanon School District May Proceed – Lebanon Daily News, November 28, 2011

Lebanon Truancy Policy Suit Moves Forward – WGAL, November 28, 2011

Truancy Fines Down at Lebanon District – Lebanon Daily News, September 12, 2011

Federal lawsuit claims Lebanon School District’s truancy policies are abusive, excessive and punitive – Harrisburg Patriot-News, January 20, 2011



Chester Upland School Funding

Judge OKs charter payment cuts for Chester Upland – Philadelphia Inquirer, October 9, 2015

Letter to the editor: There’s only one solution for Chester Upland’s dilemma: More state funding – Delaware County Times, September 11, 2015

Is there segregation through special education? – The Legal Intelligencer, June 24, 2013

Chester Upland eyed over compensatory services – The Delaware County Daily Times, April 17, 2013

Chester Upland Reaches an Agreement with PA on District’s Debt – Philadelphia Inquirer, July 29, 2012

Chester Upland School District Settles Two Lawsuits Against State Department of Education– Philadelphia Inquirer, July 5, 2012

Chester Upland reaches agreement to settle lawsuits against state – The Delaware County Daily Times, July 5, 2012

Lawsuit in troubled Chester Upland School District could ripple across state – Morning Call, May 7, 2012

Hearings continue for Chester schools – Philadelphia Tribune, May 7, 2012

Many to blame in Chester school crisis; time to act (Law Center Commentary) – Philadelphia Inquirer, February 19, 2012



Education Equity & School Funding

PA’s rural schools are at a precipice – City & State Pennsylvania, June 29, 2016

Legislature not doing its part – Centre Daily Times, June 20, 2016

OPED: Education funding formula doesn’t go far enough – York Dispatch, June 11, 2016

The impact of giving less money to already poor schools – Deseret News, June 9, 2016

Funding Failures – The Notebook, June 7, 2016

Why Pa.’s New School Funding Formula Is Still Unfair and Unconstitutional – Philadelphia Magazine, June 2, 2016

School formula not funding – Scranton Times-Tribune, May 29, 2016

Legislature OKs fair education funding formula – AFT Pennsylvania, May 25, 2016

It’s time to make Pa’s new school funding formula permanent: Lawrence A. Feinberg – Penn Live, May 25, 2016

How much is enough for schools? An answer. – The Point. with PCCY, May 20, 2016

PILC: For All PA Students to Meet State Standards, Billions Needed – Nonprofit Quarterly, May 17, 2016

Study calls for at least $3.2 billion in added Pa. school funding – The Notebook, May 17, 2016

Study calls for at least $3.2 billion in added Pa. school funding – Newsworks/WHYY, May 17, 2016

Take Note: Is Pennsylvania Breaking Its Promise To Provide A “Thorough And Efficient” Education? – WPSU, May 13, 2016

Report: School funding inadequate to meet everyday needs – The Bradford Era, May 5, 2016

School advocates press support for new funding formula – Philadelphia Tribune, May 3, 2016

Episode 8 – Pennsylvania’s Public Education Lost Year – PA Budget and Policy Center, April 30, 2016

Fair-funding advocates praise new formula, but stress the need for more money – The Notebook, April 27, 2016

Coalition Of Education Groups Call On State Legislature To Pony Up – CBS Philly/KYW, April 27, 2016

School advocates to state: Add cash to new funding formula – Philadelphia Inquirer, April 27, 2016

Changes to state law would squander historic school funding proposal – The Notebook, January 20, 2016

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

Haverford School Board member Larry Feinberg, a ‘Circuit Rider’ for fair funding – Mainline Media News, December 16, 2014

Pennsylvania town poised to make all public schools for-profit charters – Aljazeera America, December 15, 2014

An eye-opening description of one state’s failed school funding system – Washington Post, December 11, 2014

Racial bias evident in Pa. funding system, analysis shows – The Notebook, November 6, 2014

Shenadoah Valley joins funding lawsuit –, June 6, 2014

Shenandoah Valley School District to be part of class action lawsuit involving funding shortfalls –, June 5, 2014

In the debate over Philly school funding, Gov. Corbett has to be the adult in the room: As I See It – Penn Live, July 1, 2014

Second time’s the charm? W-B area joins renewed funding fight – Wilkes Barre Times Leader, June 11, 2014

Ed reform powerhouse violated Philly ethics laws, fined $1,500 – Philadelphia City Paper, May 22, 2014

Do we have a constitutional system of funding public education? (No): Michael Churchill – Penn Live, May 15, 2014

Call to Action – Philadelphia City Paper, June 6-12, 2013

New Study Shows State Cuts to Education Highly Discriminatory – Network for Public Education, June 13, 2013

Parents Entitled to Translation & Interpretation Services – Philadelphia News, June 6, 2013

William Penn suspends city-related grants, cites Ethics Board complaint – City Paper, February 11, 2013

Renaissance schools feature youth, inexperience, some progress – Philadelphia Public School Notebook, May 19, 2011

LTE: Vouchers not the answer to better schools in Pa. (Law Center Commentary) – Philadelphia Tribune, March 3, 2011



Lower Merion Discrimination Case

Lower Merion School District Suit Dismissed – Philadelphia Tribune

Lower Merion School District, frequent target of litigation, facing claims of segregation – Pennsylvania Record, September 2, 2011

Trial set for suit on African American achievement in Lower Merion – Philadelphia Inquirer, January 4, 2011