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Friday, March 9, 2018 8:57 AM

Pennsylvania’s auditor general is promising changes to school safety reviews. Eugene DePasquale says he’ll be taking a hands-on approach as he looks for ways to better protect students.
CBS Channel 2, March 9, 2018
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Friday, March 9, 2018 8:56 AM

Under state law, a terroristic threats charge could be filed if a person communicates, either directly or indirectly, a threat to commit any crime of violence, to cause evacuation of a building or to cause other public inconvenience or terror.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 8, 2018
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Thursday, March 8, 2018 8:54 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives will debate bipartisan legislation next week aimed at preventing violence at schools following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school on Feb. 14, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday. 
Reuters, March 6, 2018
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Thursday, March 8, 2018 8:53 AM

One day after a Florida teenager walked into his former high school and carried out one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, at least seven other teens across the country walked into school with a gun. Such incidents fuel the widespread fear that students often bring guns to school. But there’s no way to tell if this is true. There are no good data.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 6, 2018
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Thursday, March 8, 2018 8:50 AM

The lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s school-funding scheme continued its slow climb through the legal system Wednesday with oral arguments before the Commonwealth Court in Philadelphia.
WHYY Keystone Crossroads, March 7, 2018
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 11:42 AM

Less than two weeks ago, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez delivered what amounts to a post-millennial rebuke to every preceding American generation for failing to protect her and her peers.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 11:16 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Debate questions Tuesday about public school funding in Pennsylvania exposed big differences in how the three candidates for the Republican nomination for governor to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf would approach or fund public schools.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 11:14 AM

The way libraries operate is a common place for jokes. Television shows and commercials still portray a dark library with a 70-something-year-old librarian hushing patrons who are being too loud.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018 8:55 AM

Eliminating school property taxes in Pennsylvania will require raising more than $14.4 billion from other taxes, but huge numbers have never discouraged the idea’s supporters. If anything, they think they’re closer than ever to accomplishing what seemed impossible and ridiculous to most state legislators a decade ago.
Philadelphia Tribune, March 6, 2018
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018 8:54 AM

A study by the Education Trust that analyzed state and local support for the poorest and wealthiest schools districts in every state found Pennsylvania ranked next to Mississippi in terms of how far support the poorest districts ranked below that for the wealthiest schools. The difference: the poorest schools received about 11% less per student than the wealthiest schools.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 5, 2018
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