Matt McKinney, Philly Inquirer

Matt McKinney

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Harrisburg, PA, United States

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Past articles by Matt:

Why Gov. Tom Wolf’s big effort to grant coronavirus reprieves to Pa. inmates came up small

The Department of Corrections has defended its response, saying it was a cautious approach that included all relevant parties to represent the public interest. → Read More

With thousands of Pa. prisoners in near-solitary confinement, how long can coronavirus lockdown last?

Advocates have widely praised the department’s efforts, but are concerned about potential harms to inmate mental health. → Read More

Pa. teachers’ pensions are invested in a NYC skyscraper linked to Jared Kushner, but they probably don’t know it

The investment faced challenges before COVID-19. Now, it’s even more fraught. → Read More

Gov. Tom Wolf will temporarily release Pa. state inmates as legislative effort falls apart

The plan to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in state prisons could affect up to 1,800 incarcerated persons, though Wolf’s office said the number will likely be lower. → Read More

Less risk, less reward in Gov. Tom Wolf’s choice to wait for legislature to act on prisoner releases

By forgoing unilateral action, the governor insulates himself should something go wrong, but he will probably have to accept a more limited plan than some of his supporters want to see. → Read More

Inmate inside southeast Pa. prison tests positive for the coronavirus

Officials became aware of the case at SCI Phoenix on Saturday, the Department of Corrections said in a statement. The incarcerated person has been placed in isolation. → Read More

Pennsylvania corrections officers, advocates worry a prison coronavirus outbreak is inevitable

As of early Friday evening, there were no reported cases of the coronavirus inside the state prison system, either among those incarcerated or corrections officers. → Read More

Pennsylvania police cut services, plan for shortages as coronavirus spreads

“It's not like you can go out and arrest a bad guy and stop a problem. That's not going to stop this,” the police chief in Scranton said. → Read More

Virginia's next education secretary is a middle-school teacher and Marine veteran

Atif Qarni previously ran unsuccessfully for House of Delegates and state Senate. → Read More

To stem dwindling enrollment in Booker T. Washington arts program, Norfolk school might add a science focus

The Academy of the Arts has struggled to draw as much interest as other other specialty programs in the division. → Read More

Norfolk Public Schools Superintendent Melinda Boone receives one-year contract extension

The School Board voted 7-0 to approve the extension. → Read More

“I'm hit!”: Meet 3 former Virginian-Pilot editors who fought in duels

At least three Norfolk newspapermen dueled at some point in their careers. → Read More

“Woah, are you in Virginia?” Tiny Norfolk, Nebraska, gets some calls meant for our Norfolk

School Board member Sandy Wolfe is ready to hear from Norfolk Public Schools parents. Problem is, she lives and serves in Nebraska. → Read More

“Whoa, are you in Virginia?” Tiny Norfolk, Nebraska, gets some calls meant for our Norfolk

School Board member Sandy Wolfe is ready to hear from Norfolk Public Schools parents. Problem is, she lives and serves in Nebraska. → Read More

Virginia has a teacher shortage. Are fast-tracked degrees a solution?

As Virginia schools struggle with a dearth of teachers, Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants colleges and universities to be able to fast-track the schooling of aspiring educators. → Read More

Prosecutors drop obstruction charge against Portsmouth School Board member

Police accused Lakeesha Atkinson of interfering during a traffic stop in September. → Read More

Charges dropped against Norfolk woman accused of trying to record bullying at daughter's school

Prosecutors have dropped charges against a Norfolk woman accused of putting a recording device in her daughter's backpack to capture bullying at school. → Read More

A Norfolk mom wanted to prove her daughter was bullied at school. Now she faces felony charges.

The mother put a recording device in her daughter's backpack to record bullying at Ocean View Elementary and now faces a felony charge. → Read More

Virginia is changing graduation and accreditation requirements. Here's what it means to students.

Students will need to pass fewer Standards of Learning exams to graduate. → Read More

Virginia schools Superintendent Steven Staples will retire in January

Steven Staples will step down after three years as the state’s top school official, the Education Department announced Monday. → Read More