September 29, 2017
Chancellor Applauds Pa. Supreme Court Decision That School Funding Case Must Be Heard
Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor of the 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s landmark decision to reinstate a lawsuit challenging the state’s school funding system:
We applaud the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for holding that our courts should decide this legal challenge to a system that fails to meet the needs of our public schools and depends increasingly on property taxes to support these schools. We congratulate the Education Law Center, The Public Interest Law Center and all of the petitioners for their tireless efforts in litigating the issue of whether challenges to the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Education Clause may be judicially addressed. As Justice Wecht noted, ‘Judicial review stands as a bulwark against unconstitutional or otherwise illegal actions by the two political branches.’"