Maddie Hanna writes about policy issues, including school funding and affordable housing. She previously covered Gov. Christie and New Jersey state government. She joined the Inquirer in 2012.

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Refinery fire still burning: Philly ‘narrowly dodged a catastrophe’

A series of explosions at the PES refinery lit up the sky early Friday, prompting a federal investigation and environmental concerns in nearby neighborhoods.

Blocks away from South Philly refinery explosion, residents saw what looked ‘almost like a nuclear disaster’

For some, the three-alarm fire and shelter-in-place messages from the city felt like the nightmare they’ve feared for years. The oil refinery is the largest on the East Coast, and is essentially wedged into the backyards of several residential neighborhoods.

Who decides whether charter schools open in Pa.? Not just your local school district.

Gov. Tom Wolf hasn't replaced his predecessor Tom Corbett's appointees to Pennsylvania's Charter Appeals Board, which decides appeals from charter schools rejected by local districts.

Wolf vetoes increase in tax credits for Pa. private-school scholarships

The bill sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai would have added $100 million to the program, nearly doubling it. Gov. Tom Wolf said the increase would cost too much and that the program lacks accountability.

Attorney: Ex-charter school principal Jovan Weaver accepts responsibility in fatal hit-and-run

Weaver, who resigned last week as principal of John Wister Elementary in Germantown, has been charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, and tampering with evidence in relation to a December 2017 fatal hit-and-run on City Avenue.

Philly school board votes to close CHAD; rejects creation of new charter authority

The Charter High School for Architecture and Design will close by June 30, 2020, with the possibility of continuing the school under district management.

Charter High School for Architecture and Design agrees to close after next year

The school board is expected to vote Thursday on the agreement, which contemplates the district continuing to operate an architecture-focused school program.

Black leaders ask: Is the Philadelphia School District ‘targeting’ minority-led charters?

Over the last five years, most Philadelphia charter schools that have closed or agreed to close if they don't meet district conditions have been minority-led. "There's a pattern of different treatment," one black charter leader said.

Pa. charter-school students lag in math, with cyber results ‘overwhelmingly negative,’ study says

Charter advocates in Philadelphia said the statewide results didn't reflect the experience of students in the city's charter schools.

State seeks receivership for troubled Harrisburg School District

Harrisburg would be one of only three school districts overseen by a court-appointed receiver, if the Department of Education's petition is granted.