“The time for single year budget fights must end:” Our school funding testimony to the PA House Dem. Policy Committee

In testimony before state representatives serving on the House Democratic Policy Committee, our senior attorney Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg explains the transformative impact of the Governor’s budget proposal, and the need for a long-term plan for constitutional school funding.

Our senior attorneys examine the history of school funding challenges in Pennsylvania

February 5, 2024 – Public education has been part of the foundation of our commonwealth since the beginning. And last year, for the first time, a Pennsylvania court found that education is a fundamental right guaranteed to students by our state constitution–and that our public school funding system fails to provide for that right in […]

Joint Statement On Gov. Shapiro’s Historic 2024 Budget Proposal

February 6, 2024 – We commend Gov. Shapiro for today’s historic commitment to address the needs of all Pennsylvania’s school children. Last year Gov. Shapiro promised to develop a plan to bring Pennsylvania’s school funding system into constitutional compliance. Building on the work of the Basic Education Funding Commission, he has kept that promise, and […]

Basic Education Funding Commission Releases A Proposal That Could Make A Life-Changing Difference For Pennsylvania Students

Today, the Basic Education Funding Commission took the first step towards developing a public school funding system based on what students need statewide—not on local wealth. We applaud the commissioners for taking their constitutional duty seriously, and putting forward and adopting a plan that, if fully implemented, would make a life-changing difference for our students.

Opinion: We Have The Opportunity To Reform Education In Pennsylvania; Our Leaders Shouldn’t Squander It

The Basic Education Funding Commission’s January 11 deadline to issue its report is less than a month away. It is a fork in the road for the future of the commonwealth.

New analysis finds Pennsylvania schools are underfunded by $6.2 billion, including basic and special education, with shortfalls concentrated in poorest districts

September 12, 2023 – Penn State professor and school funding expert Matthew Kelly has prepared a new analysis of Pennsylvania’s public school funding system for the Basic Education Funding Commission. His study estimates the combined cost of basic and special education for each district to provide an adequately funded education for all students, based on […]

Superintendents And Attorneys In The School Funding Lawsuit Testified To The Basic Education Funding Commission

September 13, 2023 – Attorneys from Education Law Center-PA and Public Interest Law Center and superintendents from Panther Valley School District and Wilkes-Barre Area School District – who won a historic victory in their school funding case in Commonwealth Court in February – had their opportunity to testify before Pennsylvania’s Basic Education Funding Commission on […]

The Basic Education Funding Commission: How You Can Help Make Fair School Funding A Reality

September 12, 2023 – Commonwealth Court’s February 2023 decision finding our school funding system unconstitutional was crystal clear: Now is the time to build a public school funding system that ensures that children in every community have the resources they need to succeed academically, civically, and socially. The work to build a new school funding […]

Students with disabilities can receive services until they turn 22 under revised PA Dept. of Ed. policy, settling our federal class action lawsuit

August 31, 2023 – Pennsylvania’s students with disabilities can now receive a free and appropriate public education until they turn 22—a policy change that will provide months of additional support to young adults across the commonwealth at a crucial juncture in their lives. Today, as part of a settlement reached in a federal class action […]

Legislative leaders will not appeal to the PA Supreme Court in the school funding lawsuit

Commonwealth Court has directed the General Assembly to ensure that public schools have sufficient funding to provide all students with access to a comprehensive, effective, and contemporary public education. That judgment is now final. It’s time to act.