Hosted by the Young Lawyers Division
The education landscape is changing rapidly in Pennsylvania. Advocates have argued that the system for funding schools in Pennsylvania has become so "irrational" and "arbitrary" that the judicial intervention is necessary. Pennsylvania has been identified as having the widest disparities in the nation among its districts, those in the most impoverished areas, who need the most, generally get the least.
This CLE program will explore the basics of school funding and examine the lawsuit regarding the fairness of the school funding system. Attorneys from the Public Interest Law Center, who brought a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania's school funding system, will explain why the inequities exist and what can be done to change them.
Panelists will address the following topics:
- The basics of education funding, including its discriminatory impact on children of color
- The school funding lawsuit
- New challenges ahead on the road to adequate, equitable funding