Corbett Signals He’ll Try To Help Philly Schools

Assoicated Press

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.