Every June, more than 400 public school supporters gather in celebration at the end of the school year. This festive event features awards for outstanding high school journalism, talented local musicians, a silent auction, and the opportunity to speak with the most influential voices in the local education community.
At this year's "Turning the Page for Change" annual fundraiser, the Notebook will recognize 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 will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at the University for 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 sponsoring the event or placing an ad in the program book, please contact Lauren Wiley at email@example.com or 215-839-0082 ext. 106.