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One of the biggest decisions New York lawmakers make is how to fund schools. But the way the state decides how much money individual districts get has led to a good deal of frustration.

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(Keystone Crossroads) Recently, we published a story that analyzed the effects of the dramatic enrollment swings that have taken place in Pennsylvania school districts over the past 25 years. The interactive graphic above was included in that piece, but it's worth noting as a tool in and of itself.

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(WRVO) Upstate Medical University officials hope the build out of the Central New York Biotech Accelerator in Syracuse will help define the area as a haven for biotech research and development.

(Keystone Crossroads) School district enrollment levels have dramatically shifted in Pennsylvania over the past 25 years. Many rural districts in the western part of the state have seen steep declines, while many urban, suburban, and eastern districts have grown. In all, more than a third of the state's 500 districts have either grown or shrank by more than 25 percent since 1991. 

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After a three-day long faculty strike at Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities, the state system and its largest union report they have a deal. 

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(Keystone Crossroads) Some charter schools operate like islands — day-to-day they run independently of any higher or centralized power. Others contract with a management organization — sometimes part of a big network, sometimes not. Sometimes for-profit, sometimes not. 

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

Members of the Academic Governance body at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry plan to hold a vote of no confidence in President Quentin Wheeler. Some faculty members have been raising issues about Wheeler's leadership for more than a year. 

Emma Lee, WHYY

Thomas Short loves that his two sons attend St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary school in South Philadelphia. He says it makes a world of difference for his boys — fearing they would falter in a less structured environment. 

The test for law school graduates is presenting a challenge: the fail rate for people taking the bar for the first time in Pennsylvania has hit the highest point in history. 

 (Keystone Crossroads) The interactive map above allows you to see how each of Pennsylvania's 500 school districts would be affected if lawmakers chose to implement the state's new funding formula more rapidly. The new formula has been lauded for bringing a measure of rationality and fairness to the state's funding scheme.