At this year's annual fundraiser, the Notebook recognized the lawyers working on the education funding lawsuit from Philadelphia's Education Law Center and Public Interest Law Center, and New York firm, O’Melveny & Myers. The event was held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at the University of the Arts.
On behalf of six school districts and seven parents, the plaintiffs' lawyers in the fair-funding lawsuit have argued that the General Assembly and governor are evading their constitutional responsibility to guarantee a “thorough and efficient” education for all of Pennsylvania’s schoolchildren. The state counters that school funding is a legislative responsibility and that the courts have no jurisdiction in the matter. Last year Commonwealth Court dismissed the suit on those grounds, and the plaintiffs appealed that ruling to the state Supreme Court in September. The Philadelphia District is not among the plaintiffs, but it filed an “amicus” brief in support of their position, and several of the parents in the case live in the city.
For information on helping plan next year's event, please contact Lauren Wiley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-839-0082 ext. 106.