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Pennsylvania public school funding lawsuit may head to trial
PHILADELPHIA – A lawsuit that claims Pennsylvania is failing to provide students with an adequate education will likely head to trial.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Commonwealth Court rejected Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s request for a dismissal Monday. The 2014 suit filed by the Education Law Center and Public Interest Center claims the state is violating its constitution and that low-wealth districts are hurt by the formula.
Scarnati had argued Pennsylvania’s school funding formula was satisfactory.
The case was previously dismissed in 2015 on the grounds that courts shouldn’t be determining how much money equals a proper education.
Education Law Center legal director Maura McInerney says the next step is “deciding what trial will look like.”
A spokesman for Scarnati didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.