Activists Consider School Funding Lawsuit

Education Law Center and Public Interest Law Center considering joint litigation to get more money for schools.

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports: “The Education Law Center, a legal advocacy organization in Pennsylvania, and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia are strongly considering a lawsuit against the state within the next few months, according to Executive Director of the Education Law Center Rhonda Brownstein.

Since 2011, the School District of Philadelphia has faced declining budgets. Over the past three years, the school district has operated with a cumulative three year loss of over $790 million.

“By failing to provide adequate funding to allow all students to meet standards, the state is violating the ‘thorough and efficient clause’ of the Pennsylvania constitution,” Brownstein said.

A similar lawsuit failed in 1997, but activists believe they have a better opportunity this time.