Public Education in Pennsylvania at a crossroads?

If you would like to have some sense of the impact of the State Supreme Court’s recent long-anticipated decision in the case of William Penn School District v. Pa. Department of Education that clears the way for judicially created education standards listen to Focus on Education. This case hinged on whether or not the General Assembly and governor have met the constitutional mandate of providing “for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth”; this can can be something that can be decided by the judiciary. Speaking of inadequate and inequitable school funding systems, Jennifer Clarke, the Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Center and Susan Spicka, Executive Director, Education Voters of PA, recently appeared on Focus on Education, where they articulately lay out everything you would ever want to know about the school funding lawsuit. They discuss the importance of advocacy in pressuring the state legislature to fix this broken system.


Also included below are two recent articles that received recent media attention in school districts that are severely affected by the state’s inequitable funding.  There are many districts of the 500 in Pennsylvania that are affected; this is NOT just a Philadelphia issue.



Want more information?  Come to Saturday’s  Community Forum on Education Equity at Pennwood High School , Lansdowne, Saturday, Oct. 21st,

  • 1-2:30pmPanel Discussion and Q&A
  • 2:30-4 Meet organizations and Take Action


Another opportunity:  

What is Climate Justice— Interested in learning about the intersection of climate, economics and race? Come to St Vincent’s in Germantown (109 East Price Street) 1-6pm on Sunday October 22. Participate as your time permits: participatory workshops on building a climate justice movement that is multi-racial, across class and includes urban-suburban coalitions.


Talk to Mark Fifer for additional information