Public schools

Pa. Public School Funding Lawsuit May Head To Trial

Aug 22, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawsuit that claims Pennsylvania is failing to provide students with an adequate education will likely head to trial.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Commonwealth Court rejected Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati's request for a dismissal Monday. The 2014 suit filed by the Education Law Center and Public Interest Center claims the state is violating its constitution and that low-wealth districts are hurt by the formula.
Scarnati had argued Pennsylvania's school funding formula was satisfactory.

A construction vehicle moves earth for the construction of the new Rogers Stadium for Bellefonte Area High School.
Bellefonte Area School District

Bellefonte Area School District is searching for alternate venues for its football team to play as it becomes clearer their home field won't be available for most of this fall's football season. 

In a July 17 meeting broadcast on C-NET, the school board learned that an issue ordering the bleachers for the new stadium would hold up its completion from the previous target date in September to about October 12.

This will likely prevent the Bellefonte Red Raiders from playing any home football games until at least their October 26 matchup with Bald Eagle Area High School.

Gov. Tom Wolf signing an anti-discrimination executive order in April 2016.
Courtesy of Pa. Dept. of General Services

Should private schools that benefit from Pennsylvania’s tax credit programs adhere to the rules of the public system?

That debate often revolves around school accountability because the state does not require private schools to administer and publish the results of standardized tests.

But the question has also cropped up in recent weeks around an entirely different issue — employee discrimination.