December Monthly Constitutional

By Lois Traub West, Director of Civic ENgagement

Fighting for fair school funding. Ensuring equal access to school. Dismantling the school to prison pipeline.

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These were the issues brought to our 8th grade constitutional scholars Tuesday morning by Deborah Gordon Klehr, executive director of the Education Law Center. Deborah mentioned Pennsylvania’s low ranking in the nation regarding equitable funding of schools, discussed how an anti-immigrant climate has impacted work to remedy issues of access, and shared some of the Law Center’s recommendations to stop the use of educational practices that have the effect of pushing students, especially students of color and students with disabilities, out of schools and toward the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Student questions addressed the funding of magnet schools and the trend toward having armed guards in schools.