Challenge to Pa. school funding raises questions for judges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s system of funding public schools faces some hard questions, including how judges might be able to enforce any order that would declare the system unconstitutional.

Commonwealth Court heard arguments Wednesday in the lawsuit that argues the state has imposed graduation exams without providing enough money for the students to pass them.

Judge Dan Pellegrini is telling the lawyers that if their case ends up before the Supreme Court, they should advise the justices about how to enforce any order.

The plaintiffs argue that the imposition of the graduation exams makes the case different than previous and unsuccessful legal challenges to the state’s education funding system.

The hearing in Harrisburg concerned whether the lawsuit can survive in the early stages and head toward trial.

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