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As partisan tensions thaw in Harrisburg, Pa. lawmakers eye unfunded housing, school priorities

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro has recently signed several bills that chip away at Pennsylvania’s five-month-old budget impasse.

By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

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Pa. lawmakers push for state funding for school monitoring program in hopes of slowing gun violence

The School District of Philadelphia launched its Safe Path gun violence prevention program in 2022. Pa. lawmakers are now calling for $50 million in state funds to expand it.
By Sammy Caiola/WHYY

Pa. budget inches forward, but lawmakers still split on stalled education funding

The Pa. Senate has moved key code bills that would enable some budget spending, but Democrats say they don’t go far enough. Meanwhile, spending for education, public defense, and more is still in limbo.
By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA and Katie Meyer/WITF

What an increase in basic education funding means for the Reading School District

The Reading School District – where 93% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and 25% of students are English Language Learners – received roughly $202 million in basic education funding, which is about $18 million more than it got last year.

By Gabriela Martínez/WITF

Pennsylvania public school associations react to budget passage

Passage of the state budget could not have come soon enough for some public education groups.
By Ben Wasserstein/WITF