HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A lawsuit that could lead to drastic changes in how Pennsylvania funds public education is tried Friday in a Harrisburg courtroom, seven years after a handful of districts in the State have gone to court for the first time to challenge a system they consider unfair.
The case centers on the disparities in spending among Pennsylvania’s 500 districts and the relatively small percentage of K-12 education that is paid for by the state government – plaintiffs say it is around 38 %, compared to 47% nationally. The spending figures and test results are part of a dizzying array of statistics and studies expected as evidence. The trial could last until January.
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