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A Commonwealth Court judge has set a trial date for a landmark case that seeks to overhaul how Pennsylvania pays for public schools.

The case, brought by plaintiffs including the William Penn School District in Delaware County, will tentatively be heard in summer 2020, according to the order Thursday by Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer. Discovery in the case is due to be completed by October.

“We’re glad that we’re moving forward toward trial. We remain confident we’ll be successful, and hope the legislature will act promptly … but we’re prepared to go forward,” said Michael Churchill, an attorney with the Public Interest Law Center, which with the Education Law Center is representing plaintiffs in the case.

Although Pennsylvania courts have previously dismissed challenges to the state’s school-funding system, the lawsuit by school districts, parents, and advocacy groups was revived by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year.

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