Pa. lawmakers make no promises for Philly schools

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A top Republican state lawmaker isn’t promising that the state can help reverse thousands of planned layoffs in Philadelphia’s public schools.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said Monday that the matter’s being discussed.

The Delaware County Republican says it’s possible the Republican-controlled Legislature will agree on a plan to help Philadelphia and other troubled school districts, including Harrisburg and Allentown.

However, he says the state’s finances are tight.

Gov. Tom Corbett and House Republicans are pressing a spending plan that would cut business taxes by more than $300 million. Democrats want to postpone that tax cut and send the money to public schools.

The Philadelphia School District on Friday sent out nearly 3,800 pink slips to employees. School officials are seeking an extra $120 million from the state.

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