PHILADELPHIA (April 21st, 2015) – Today, Helen Gym education advocate and candidate for City Council At-Large,  issued the following statement in response to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania dismissing a lawsuit brought forth by parents claiming that the state is not living up to its constitutional obligation to adequately fund schools.

“I’m extremely disappointed in the Commonwealth Court’s ruling, but have no doubt that this funding lawsuit will continue in the PA Supreme Court where it needs to be heard. I strongly disagree with the Commonwealth Court’s arguments. This funding suit needs to be heard in court because the state legislature has violated the State Constitution in failing to properly fund our schools. Parents and students are the ones who are most hurt by the failures of the state legislature. As a mother of three children in Philadelphia’s public schools and someone who organizes in parent communities, I’ve documented countless instances of serious harm to young people. I’ll be throwing my full weight of support behind the funding lawsuit as it continues.”

Helen Gym is a former teacher, mother of three children in Philadelphia’s public schools, and a nationally recognized community activist. Helen was honored as the 2007 Citizen of the Year, and in 2014 she was honored by President Obama as a Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change.