Krueger-Braneky: Pa. Supreme Court decision is victory for ‘thorough, efficient education’

FOLSOM, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, issued the following statement on today’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion:

“Today’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision was a victory for the children of our commonwealth. Congratulations to the plaintiffs, including William Penn School District, on winning an important battle in what has proven to be a long fight for equitable funding for our public schools.

"The equality gap in public school funding is especially stark in Delaware County, as documented recently by National Geographic. Today, I'm thinking of students like Jameria Miller, a senior at Penn Wood High School, whose belief in herself and in what she and all students deserve is a call for elected officials to act.

"I believe today's decision reinforced what legislative Democrats and Governor Tom Wolf have said every time: Under the GOP-controlled legislature, our commonwealth is failing to provide a ‘thorough and efficient’ education for young people. The Supreme Court, in allowing our students, parents and school districts to seek legal redress, makes clear that the law is on our side.

“I urge my colleagues in the General Assembly to recognize that ongoing inequity in our schools is a dire threat to the future of the commonwealth – and deeply unfair to our blameless young people – and to work together and in good faith toward a fair, responsible budget funding package that relies on sustainable and recurring revenues – not more borrowing, more gambling or raids on funds intended for essential functions such as transportation, infrastructure and public health.

“Thanks to the persistent petitioners – led by the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia – who have been on the front lines of this fight for Pennsylvania students and families.”