Schlossberg responds to Supreme Court education funding decision

ALLENTOWN, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding today’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision about school funding:

“I applaud today’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling. The majority opinion paid great deference to the General Assembly and balanced the need to respect the constitutional rights of our citizens and students. In reading the decision, it becomes quite clear to me that Pennsylvania’s method for funding education is broken. No further proof is needed than a look at the Allentown School District, which has lost nearly 20 percent of its teachers since 2010 as a direct result of funding cuts. It is clear to me that our current system of education funding doesn’t violate students’ rights to equal protection under the law and to receive a ‘thorough and efficient’ public education. 

“I hope this gets the state to change Pennsylvania’s method for funding public education. The quality of education students receive should not be determined by their ZIP code. Pennsylvania has the biggest gap in the country between the richest and the poorest school districts, ranks 47th in state support for public education and places too much of the funding burden on homeowners in low-income communities like Allentown. This directly results in enormous property tax bills for Allentown residents, businesses and property owners. While we have made great strides in enacting a fair funding formula, the fact of the matter is that Pennsylvania falls woefully short. After reading today’s Supreme Court ruling, I am more committed than ever to fight for our students and Pennsylvania’s future,” Schlossberg said.