The Philadelphia Inquirer: What You Need to Know About Education Funding Proposed in Gov. Shapiro’s Budget

March 07, 2023

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro unveiled his first budget this week in the wake of Commonwealth Court President Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer’s ruling that declared the state’s educational funding system to be unconstitutional. The proposed budget includes an additional US$567 million in basic education funding, which, according to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, “keeps up with general inflation but does little more.” Six school districts, two civil rights groups, and several parents sued the state in 2014 over claims that the public school funding model violated the education clause and equal-protection provisions in Pennsylvania’s constitution. O’Melveny & Myers LLP, the Public Interest Law Center, and the Education Law Center represented the petitioners and noted that the proposal “does not do enough to meet the standard set by our state constitution and the urgency of this moment.”

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