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Loss, healing, resistance, and hope: 5 recent grads reflect on a turbulent year

From the trauma and isolation of this past year, these students found a new sense of community, new sets of skills, new coping methods, and new ways to take care of others.

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

Bucks County parents divided over schools ditching mask mandate

A feud between those valuing personal freedom and those prioritizing health concerns has been building for the past year. Now, it’s at boiling point.

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Students or horses? Education advocates want to repurpose Pa.’s generous horse-racing subsidy

In 2019, PASSHE students received $5,739 in state subsidies, while the per-horse rate works out to $15,271.

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Philadelphia health commissioner resigns over mishandling of MOVE bombing remains

In a statement, Mayor Jim Kenney said he learned of a “very disturbing incident” in which Thomas Farley had bombing victims’ remains cremated and disposed of, rather than returning them to the family.

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Pa. families set to receive $1 billion in relief due to missed school meals during virtual school

The federal relief funds are meant to make up for the added food expenses families faced without access to school meals.

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Philly schools see a rise in teens’ mental health issues related to pandemic, gun violence

District leaders say calls to a crisis hotline launched a year ago, are getting longer due to losses from the pandemic, gun violence, and racial trauma.

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Pa. superintendents, charter advocates continue to spar over school funding

The advocacy comes as the financial pressure on districts has increased due to a significant boost in charter school enrollment during the pandemic.

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Pa. lawmakers debate plan to consolidate state universities

The moves would not affect the other three state system schools in the midstate — Kutztown, Millersville, and Shippensburg.

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Distressed schools across Pa. join together to push for $100 million relief

A new coalition of more than a dozen education advocacy organizations, teachers, students, and leaders from across the state are demanding $100 million for Pennsylvania’s 100 most distressed school districts.

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