Pennsylvania’s school funding system violates state constitution, judge rules

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Dale Mezzacappa, Chalkbeat Philadelphia “This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at”. This story has been updated. A Commonwealth Court judge has declared Pennsylvania’s school funding system unconstitutional and ordered the General Assembly to overhaul it. Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer’s ruling, which the court issued Tuesday, could have a profound

Staffing, attendance, behavior: 7 big issues facing schools this year


By Kalyn Belsha, Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat After surviving two school years “completely veiled in the pandemic,” teacher Kathryn Vaughn says this year is off to a different start. Her stress levels are down. COVID protocols are relaxed. Teachers are feeling hopeful. “It feels a little lighter this year,” said Vaughn, who teaches elementary school art