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Do right by our [children][1] or find new jobs’: Education advocates call for fair school funding Under a clear fall sky, education advocates gathered on the Capitol steps Wednesday to deliver a message to Pennsylvania lawmakers: It’s raining in public schools. “For school districts all across the state of Pennsylvania, it’s not already raining — it’s a doggone hurricane,” the Rev. Dwayne [Royster][2], the executive director of POWER Interfaith, a grassroots organization of state congregations, told more than 100 demonstrators holding handmade signs. He added: “We’ve come to speak truth to those that are in authority today; either do right by our children or find new jobs.” Blocks away, in Commonwealth Court, Tara Yuricheck, a fifth-grade history teacher at the Panther Valley School District, testified in the school funding trial, which could change how the commonwealth pays for K-12 education. When asked by an attorney for the plaintiffs in the case if she has the resources to reach every student who passes through her classroom, [Yuricheck][3] answered: “No.” Panther Valley School District, which serves families in Schuylkill and Carbon counties, is one of six petitioner school districts that have sued state officials and executive branch departments to challenge how the General Assembly allocates money to the state’s 500 school districts. [The case][4], initially dismissed by the [Commonwealth][5] Court in 2015 and revived by the state Supreme Court in 2017, pits the schools, a group of parents, the state conference of the NAACP, and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools, against Gov. Tom Wolf, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, the Department of Education, Education Secretary Noe Ortega, and the State Board of [Education][6]. The plaintiffs, represented by the Education Law Center, the Public Interest Law Center, and the Los Angeles-based private law firm O’Melveny & Myers, claim the Legislature maintains an inequitable school funding system by using population data from the early 1990s to allocate education funds. They don’t ask for a specific dollar amount in their lawsuit; however, they’ve requested the court rule that the General Assembly enact a new way to pay for public education. Although Pennsylvania adopted a fair funding formula for appropriations in 2016, it only applies to new education funding. The petitioners argue this methodology violates the education clause in the state constitution, which charges lawmakers with providing a “thorough and efficient system.” [1]: a “thorough and efficient system.” [1]: [2]: [3]: [4]: [5]: [6]:
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