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Action 16 Investigates: The fight over fair funding

A lawsuit in Harrisburg could affect how your school district is funded by the state.

Stacy Lange

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Published: 11:23 PM EDT October 5, 2022
Updated: 11:23 PM EDT October 5, 2022

Educators in northeastern and central Pennsylvania are waiting on the results of a major test that took place over the summer.

A handful of poorer school districts faced off against state lawmakers in court, arguing that the state's system for funding public education is unfair.

According to the organization Pennsylvanians for Fair Funding, many districts in our area would be receiving millions more in state taxpayer money if the state used its own formula to divide the money. 

The organization's analysis from 2020 shows these districts as the most underfunded in northeastern and central Pennsylvania:

  • Wilkes-Barre Area
  • Scranton
  • East Stroudsburg Area
  • Riverside
  • Jim Thorpe Area
  • Wallenpaupack
  • Panther Valley
  • Hanover Area
  • Shenandoah Valley
  • Mid Valley

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