Proponents of the question, which passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, contended the state needed to invest in its county vocational technical schools to serve more students and meet the needs of the state's employers.
The court dismissed the last remaining objection by legislative leaders to the lawsuit, which alleges Pennsylvania is violating its constitution by failing to adequately fund public education and allowing wide disparities between school districts.
State money available for classroom costs has actually decreased since 2013, because pension expenses incurred by districts have risen faster than state aid, according to the filing by the Education Law Center and the Public Interest Law Center.
Maddie Hanna writes about policy issues, including school funding and affordable housing. She previously covered Gov. Christie and New Jersey state government. She joined the Inquirer in 2012.