December 6, 2018

We are excited to announce that an order from Commonwealth Court today has laid out a schedule in our historic fair funding lawsuit, including a tentative trial date for the summer of 2020. Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer issued the order and will be overseeing the pre-trial proceedings. You can read media coverage of the order here , here , and here .

Along with our partners at Public Interest Law Center and O'Melveny & Myers, our attorneys are deep into the work of preparing for this trial.

But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the issues of inadequate and unfair funding that we are raising in court could be resolved by the legislature any time they choose to act. As ELC legal director Maura McInerney said in the  news release  we issued today, “Every day that legislative leaders fail to act is a day that students are deprived of basic resources, and our children who need the most continue to get the least.”  

The scheduling order from Commonwealth Court is an affirmation of the importance of the issues at stake for Pennsylvania’s school children.

We filed  William Penn School District et al. v. PA Department of Education et al.  jointly in 2014 on behalf of parents, school districts, and statewide organizations, alleging that the state’s school funding system violates Pennsylvania’s constitution, due to significant underfunding and gross disparities in allocations that penalize students in low-wealth districts.

Before our case heads to trial, all parties will conduct extensive fact discovery and produce expert reports. The schedule leading up to the trial date in 2020 is typical of how discovery has proceeded in other school funding cases. 
We are eager to take the next steps in our fight to ensure that all students in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. ELC will keep our supporters informed about our case over the coming months. You can keep tabs on our work on this case and all our work by visiting our  website  and following us on  Twitter  and  Facebook.
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