Pennsylvania School Funding Fight Heads to Court 

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ERIE (Erie News Now) – A seven-year-long fight over how we pay for public schools headed to court Friday. 

The case could change how public education is funded in Pennsylvania. 

Six school districts are taking the state government to court, arguing the state’s school funding system is unconstitutional. 

The districts claim the state’s current system mainly relies on property taxes, which they claim creates a big funding disparity between wealthy and low-income districts. 

The districts say Pennsylvania’s school funding is $4.6 billion short of what it should be. 

The lawsuit could impact the future of 1.7 million public school students across Pennsylvania, along with taxpayers. 

The trial is expected to last a couple months. 


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