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Pennsylvania’s poorest school districts will miss out on $100 million in new money to help fill vacancies and reduce deficits after state lawmakers diverted those dollars to school construction projects instead.
Roughly half of the 100 school districts involved in Pennsylvania's Level Up program serve students in rural counties where populations are shrinking, and taxpayers continue to bear the brunt of rising costs.
After agreeing to boost funding for the districts, lawmakers decided to reroute that money to school construction projects as a compromise when Democrats and Republicans finalized the budget after a lengthy delay.
Read Spotlight PA's full report: Pa.’s poorest school districts were slated for a funding boost. State aid went to school construction instead.
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"The preliminary draft proposal, which was released prematurely and had not been subject to a complete internal agency review, is being retracted. No changes to the William Penn statue are planned."
—The National Park Service walking back a plan to remove William Penn's statue from a Philly park following criticism online and in Harrisburg; Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro is taking some credit for the reversal
FOOD WASTE: A nonprofit says Pennsylvania households are wasting a lot of food — and it's only gotten worse, via Axios.
MOVING IN: Photonics firm Excelitas is leaving Massachusetts for Pittsburgh and pledging to create at least 250 jobs over four years, via WESA.
MULLET-MANIA: The photos from the first-ever mullet contest at the Pennsylvania Farm Show are as incredible as we'd hoped.
POWERPOINT PARTY: Philadelphians are trying to help their single friends find dates by creating PowerPoints and presenting them at parties.
SLIPPING AWAY: Facing landslide risks exacerbated by climate change, Pittsburgh is buying at-risk homes using federal money.
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