A date has been set for oral arguments in the Commonwealth Court trial on the state of funding for Pennsylvania’s K-12 public schools.
Attorneys for the six public school districts, including the Lancaster School District, which filed the lawsuit, and legislative leaders, including the governor and education secretary, will present oral arguments on the legal issues of the case before Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer July 26 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3001 of the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg.
A final decision on the case could come several months after the July 26 dispute, according to a press release from the Public Interest Law Center.
Trial testimony took place from November 12, 2021 to February 22, and closing arguments were held on March 10.
Meanwhile, all parties involved must file their initial positions in the case by May 2.
Outside parties with an interest in the case must file their positions in the case by May 16.
And all parties will then be given various deadlines to respond to each party’s position with a final July 15 deadline.
The July 26 court proceedings will be streamed live by the Commonwealth Court on its YouTube page.
A summary overview witnesses and evidence in the trial is available on the Fund Our Schools Pennsylvania website. Before the trial ended on March 10, Lancaster School District Superintendent Damaris Rau, Chief Financial and Operations Officer and an instructional coach testified on behalf of the petitioners.