Gov. Tom Corbett is signaling that he’s engaged in efforts to help the financially troubled Philadelphia School District, which is in the midst of shedding 20% of its workforce.
A Wednesday statement from Corbett didn’t promise more money for the district. But Corbett, a Republican who has championed public school alternatives including private school vouchers, also stressed that any help must yield a long-term solution that is fiscally responsible and focused on students.
Democratic state lawmakers and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi have sought to engage the Corbett administration in helping Philadelphia fill a $304 million deficit.
Mayor Michael Nutter is seeking union concessions, $120 million more from the state and approval from city and state lawmakers of increases taxes on cigarettes and liquor by the drink.