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State House approves $45 million more for Philly's schools, but it's not over yet

By the Notebook on Jul 15, 2013 08:11 PM

by Holly Otterbein for NewsWorks

The Pennsylvania House passed a bill Monday that directs $45 million in additional state aid to Philadelphia's cash-starved schools, but only under certain conditions.

One of those conditions is that the money actually materializes.

The state has apparently persuaded federal officials to forgive a years-old debt, freeing up millions of dollars for public education.

However, Gov. Corbett's office said that negotiations between the state and feds over the debt have not been finalized. Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni declined to provide more details.

Comcast executive vice president David L. Cohen, who has played a key role in the negotiations, said it was his understanding that the two parties simply needed to complete paperwork before the deal is officially done.

Erik Arneson, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) said he has "no reason to think things won't work out."

But Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) is more skeptical.

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