Corbett signals he’ll try to help Philly schools

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — 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 percent 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.

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