William Penn School District v. Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Pennsylvania parents, school districts, and advocacy organizations brought a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania State Board of Education, state legislative leaders, and state education officials, alleging that the state has failed to adequately and equitably fund public education. 

Juvenile Law Center and 19 advocacy organizations joined an amicus brief filed by Jones Day and the New Jersey-based Education Law Center in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in support of the plaintiffs. Our brief argued that students in Pennsylvania’s low-wealth districts require targeted programs and services to receive an adequate constitutional education. The brief further argued that inequities in education disproportionately impact children of color across Pennsylvania, that other state courts have ruled that “at-risk” students require targeted programs and services, and that increasing school funding improves academic and life outcomes for these students. 

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