Court dismisses suit over Pa. budget-fight holdup of school aid

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania judge is dismissing a lawsuit over held-up state and federal school aid during a record-breaking budget stalemate.

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In Wednesday’s decision, Commonwealth Court Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt said the Pennsylvania School Boards Association lawsuit is effectively moot because of budget legislation that became law March 28.

The school boards association had asked the court to prevent the state from withholding the dollars in the future, and it asked for damages for the districts’ borrowing costs and loss of investment income on dried-up reserves.

In her decision, Leavitt wrote that a challenge to the constitutionality of delayed budget legislation requires current evidence. She also wrote that such a stalemate is unlikely to happen again, but the issue could be litigated should another occur.

A school boards association spokesman says it’s too soon to say whether it will appeal.