By MARK SCOLFORO, MARC LEVY and MICHAEL RUBINKAM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge says the state’s funding of public education falls woefully short and violates students’ constitutional rights. The decision issued Tuesday in a long-running case sides with poorer districts that are seeking billions of dollars in additional annual support. Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer says that the state hasn’t fulfilled its constitutional obligations to the poorest public schools. She says that violates those students’ rights to what she said should be a “comprehensive, effective, and contemporary” system. Lawyers for the districts and others who sued are hailing the decision as a historic victory for students.