HARRISBURG — An infusion of cash from organized labor and Philadelphia trial lawyers helped Democratic candidates outpace Republicans in summer fundraising, setting the stage for a high-stakes campaign for three open seats on Pennsylvania's highest court, campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show. The Democratic candidates collectively took in $2.4 million during the 13-week period that ended Sept. 14, while the three Republican nominees received $334,000. David Wecht led the field, raising $1.2 million to replenish a campaign bank account that had shrunk to less than $10,000 during the May primary campaign for the state Supreme Court. Trailing Wecht were fellow Democrats Kevin Dougherty, who took in $664,000 and Christine Donohue, who received $563,000.
Pittsburgh Public Schools will reduce its payments to charter schools to reflect funds the district hasn't received during a nearly three-month state budget impasse. Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane said the district notified charter schools earlier this month that it would pay 54 percent — the portion of district revenue that comes from local sources — of its charter school payments, starting in October. About 3,800 students who live in the city school district attended charters last year, according to district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh. The district budgeted $52.1 million in payments to charters this year. The general fund budget for Pittsburgh Public Schools is $556.7 million.
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