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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Philly school board clears way for sale of district building for charter

The board voted to sell the John Whittier school to a company working with the KIPP charter network, but added a provision intended to prevent the North Philadelphia property from being flipped by a developer.

Gov. Tom Wolf pledges to change charter-school policy, says more accountability needed

Wolf said "many charter schools are underperforming, and we're not doing enough to hold them accountable." How the governor plans to work with legislative leaders is unclear.

New windows, lighting at Northeast High part of $23 million energy makeover at Philly schools

The upgrades were financed by the school district and launched with the help of the Philadelphia Energy Authority, which has helped facilitate $100 million in public and private investment in energy projects.

Eastern University charter parents worry about possible closure: ‘I’m not going back to the School District’

Yvonne Turner, Eastern’s chief operating officer, said the school was “looking at alternatives we can offer our families if and when that time comes."

Philly charter school on the brink of closing after losing payments from School District

In another example of how messy the charter closure process can be, Eastern University Academy Charter School is suing the Philadelphia School District.

Whistleblower says N.J. charter school cut corners ‘for money’s sake’

An ex-principal says students at the Atlantic Community Charter School weren't being evaluated for special education services, and that federal money was being misused. The school's management said it planned to fight the "false allegations."

Some board members question proposed sale of Philly school district building to charter operator

Belmont Charter School in West Philadelphia says buying its building from the school district is the only way to make needed repairs. But some are worried about turning over a neighborhood school building.

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.