Education Law Center-PA issues statement regarding today’s state budget announcement
Mar. 23, 2016
The Education Law Center’s Executive Director Deborah Gordon Klehr issued the following statement regarding today’s state budget announcement:
“We are disappointed that the Commonwealth is proceeding with a budget that appropriates a woefully inadequate level of funding for education. This budget does not provide our children with the resources they need to succeed. The General Assembly has once again failed to meet its constitutional responsibility to maintain a system of thorough and efficient education that serves our children. This is further evidence of the need for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to step in to protect the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Pennsylvania’s school children. The statewide system of funding our schools continues to be broken and the underlying problems remain unaddressed. As the General Assembly turns to the 2016-2017 budget, we urge our lawmakers to undertake their legal duty to invest in education to ensure that all children have the resources to learn regardless of their ZIP code.”
The Education Law Center-PA (“ELC”) is a non-profit, legal advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all children in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. Through legal representation, impact litigation, trainings, and policy advocacy, ELC advances the rights of vulnerable children, including children living in poverty, children of color, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children with disabilities, English language learners, and children experiencing homelessness.
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