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Inside a Rural School District Suing PA for More Equitable Funding

WHYY: Panther Valley
Dani Fresh
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WHYY
Principal Palazzo kneels beside students building with Legos so they can show him their progress during recess in a first grade classroom.

There’s a landmark trial underway in Commonwealth Court over how Pennsylvania funds its public schools. The plaintiffs — including six school districts and several parents — say the current system is inadequate and inequitable.

Part of the problem, they say, is that the state relies heavily on local taxes to fund schools, and that creates big disparities. Keystone Crossroads’ Mallory Falk visited one of the plaintiff school districts — in rural, Northeastern Pa. — and brings us this dispatch.

(Original air-date: 12/14/21)