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With Pa. school funding ruled unconstitutional, what can the legislature can learn from other states

John Locher

On today’s episode of The Confluence:

  • A judge has ruled that Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unconstitutional. Maddie Hanna, who covers K-12 education for the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports that looking at other states’ funding systems could offer the commonwealth some ideas for improvement. (0:00 - 6:55)
  • A new restaurant opening in Pittsburgh will employ teenagers impacted by the criminal justice system in 12-month internships. Gene Walker leads Cafe Momentum Pittsburgh as the organization’s executive director. (7:02 - 13:40)
  • The company operating a train that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio has a policy that allows crews to ignore alerts warning of possible issues. ProPublica reporter Topher Sanders looked at whether other freight railroad companies have a similar rule on the books. (13:56 - 22:30)

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