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Corbett releasing $45M for Philly schools, sends sympathies to family of student who died

Gov. Tom Corbett says he's releasing $45 million for the Philadelphia schools that his administration had held up as the state's largest school district goes through its worst financial crisis in memory.

Corbett said Wednesday that a letter received the day before from Philadelphia schools Superintendent William Hite had convinced him that district officials were meeting his goals for academic and financial improvements.

Corbett also says he and his wife are sending their sympathies to the family of Laporshia Massey. Corbett's Department of Education is looking into her apparently asthma-related death after attending a school without a nurse on site.

Hite says he'll use the money to rehire about 400 employees. But he says he doesn't plan to rehire any nurses because the district is meeting the state's caseload standard.

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