Maddie Hanna covers education around the region, with a focus on suburban school districts, charter schools and school funding issues.

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We fact-checked Trump’s claims of election fraud in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania

The president made numerous false statements about Pennsylvania and Philadelphia in brief remarks from the White House Thursday night.

With Biden seemingly closing in on victory, Trump steps up Pa. legal fights to challenge vote

Despite a wave of activity in court and an early legal victory in Philadelphia, none of it appeared poised to alter Biden's momentum or deliver Trump a reelection victory.

Trump campaign vows to halt Pa. vote count in a wave of legal challenges

The onslaught brought into focus a broader GOP strategy to rely on courts in Pennsylvania and other swing states pivotal to the president’s chances.

Walter Wallace Jr.'s killing by Philly police raises specter of the MOVE bombing 35 years later

The death of a 27-year-old in a police shooting earlier this week is a brutal reminder of a Black community's bombing in 1985. Both drew national attention.

Ahead of National Guard arrival in Philly, tensions flared for a second night after police killed Walter Wallace Jr.

Hundreds gathered at Malcolm X Park and marched to denounce the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man whom police shot and killed. Looting broke out elsewhere in the city.

Pennsylvania schools need an additional $4.6 billion to close education gaps, new analysis finds

The analysis is the latest salvo in a yearslong battle to address inequities in the state’s public school system, one that could intensify as the case moves toward trial.

Philly teachers avert strike with tentative deal for one-year contract

PFT President Jerry Jordan said the district had engaged in “a reprehensible ploy to try to get us to swiftly agree to a half-baked safety plan.”

Pennsylvania charter group aims to expand schools with a $30 million grant

Lenny McAllister, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, said there is unmet demand for more charter options in Philadelphia.

Cyber charter enrollments are surging. School districts are picking up the tab.

Some charter leaders say they’ve been turning families away because they can’t scale up quickly enough to accommodate more students.