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‘Bazooka to a knife fight’? The plan to close Pa. cyber charter schools

The proposal would close all cyber charters in Pennsylvania by the 2020-21 school year.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

‘We are not crying wolf’: Philly teachers union to sue district over asbestos, other hazards

The union representing Philadelphia public school teachers says it will sue the school district over its handling of asbestos, lead and mold problems that has shuttered schools and sparked a backlash from parents.

By Nicholas Pugliese/WHYY

‘We cannot wait:’ Philly area youth tackle gun violence, climate change at this year’s Women’s March

“We’re learning from (adults') mistakes and trying to be a better generation.”
By Emily Scott/WHYY

State universities’ leader calls on lawmakers to ‘set this State System and more importantly, Pennsylvania up for success’

Chancellor Dan Greenstein says the system needs a 2% – or $9.5 million – increase in its yearly state appropriation.
By Jan Murphy/PennLive

Pa. moves to close another prison as incarceration rates drop

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections plans to shutter Retreat in light of the state’s rapidly declining inmate population and a $140 million hole in the agency’s budget.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Pa. provides some of the worst opportunities for students of color, reports say

The so-called “access” gap in Pennsylvania is among the nation’s largest, according to two studies that use a data set released by the federal government in 2018.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Libraries partner with census in effort to get a complete count

The 2020 Census is reaching out to trusted community groups in the midstate to help include as many people as possible in the count, and libraries hope to play a role

By Rachel McDevitt

Philly Boricuas rally to help Puerto Rican quake victims, one backpack at a time

A grassroots collective of Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia is asking for donations of 1,500 emergency preparedness backpacks that will be sent to local nonprofits in areas on the island hit hardest by the quakes.

By Emily Scott/WHYY

Why is a fake Schuylkill County town going viral, and what does it mean for the real one?

Budweiser ads call the small village of Seltzer “the unofficial spokes-town for Bud Light Seltzer.” 
By Charles Thompson/PennLive