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Inside a Rural School District Suing PA for More Equitable Funding

WHYY: Panther Valley
Dani Fresh
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)

Mallory Falk is an education reporter as part of WHYY’s Keystone Crossroads team. She was previously based in El Paso, Texas, where she covered immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border for KERA News and the Texas Newsroom. She also served as the first-ever education reporter for WWNO, New Orleans Public Radio. A born and bred Pittsburgher, Mallory is thrilled to share education stories from across the state.