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Governor Corbett change venues for Philadelphia school visit

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 17, 2014 10:01 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- Governor Corbett canceled his first visit as governor to a district-run public school in Philadelphia just before dozens of protesters had come to greet him.  

Corbett instead held a news conference today at his downtown Philadelphia office. He says he didn't want to create a distraction for students at Central High School. 

The governor is mounting a months-long campaign to commend high-achieving schools as rated by Pennsylvania's new performance profiles.  

The Philadelphia teachers' union, the NAACP and other community leaders had organized the demonstration.  

The Philadelphia School District, Pennsylvania's largest, is weathering its worst financial crisis in recent memory. Some parents and teachers in the heavily Democratic city say it was worsened by Corbett's budget-balancing cuts to education aid in 2011.  

Corbett, a Republican, is running for re-election in November.

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