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WENY News: State Court Sides with Petitioners in Fair Funding Trial

February 8, 2023

The public education funding model in the state of Pennsylvania was declared unconstitutional on Tuesday by Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer, who noted that it is the “obligation of the legislature, executive branch, and educators, to make the constitutional promise a reality in this commonwealth.” Katrina Robson, an attorney for the petitioners, said that “all students have to be provided the level of education necessary to meet the standard within the Constitution. It is a fundamental right that every child now has the protection of throughout the commonwealth ... What the court has found, is that lawmakers in Pennsylvania have a requirement to provide this thorough, complete, efficient contemporary education. With a decision like this in front of them, certainly they're going to take into consideration the fact that they need to meet that standard and they are under court order to do so.”

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