Friday, September 29, 2017

A huge education ruling in Pennsylvania

Yesterday morning I was in the middle of opining on something I have stated many times - the uneven playing field that is the Pennsylvania system of funding education - when something very odd happened.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed with me.

Sort of.

The state's highest court overturned a lower court ruling that tossed out a lawsuit filed by, among others, a family from the William Penn School District here in Delaware County.

The Miller family, whose daughter Jemeira, a recent Penn Wood High grad, was featured this week in a National Geographic special examining education inequities, was part of the lawsuit claiming that the state is failing its obligation when it comes to educating our children.

While the high court did not rule on the merits of their claim, it did mandate that they should get the opportunity to have their day in court.

Thus the case goes back to Commonwealth Court, where they will get the opportunity to argue that the system is rigged against kids and families in economically depressed areas, like William Penn.

The court earlier had tossed their claim, saying education funding was solely the realm of the state Legislature.

You can read about the ruling and the Miller family here.

Our editorial is here.

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