Pennsylvania high court hears school funding challenge

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 13, 2016 12:25 PM


(PHILADELPHIA) -- Education activists have asked Pennsylvania's highest court to review the state's school funding formula after arguing that state lawmakers have failed children in low-income districts.

Several justices appeared reluctant Tuesday to ``micromanage'' lawmakers who divide more than $10 billion in annual aid to Pennsylvania's approximately 500 school districts.

But at least one wondered why reformers shouldn't at least get to air their grievances at trial.

Plaintiffs' lawyer Brad Elias says that courts in 27 other states have waded in to the school funding debate.

He says Pennsylvania courts should follow suit because the state has the nation's largest funding gap between rich and poor districts.

Much of the money spent on education comes from local funding sources.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf agrees with the Republican-led legislature that the problem should be resolved at the statehouse.

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