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Governor Corbett to make first visit to Philadelphia schools

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 16, 2014 12:54 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett is scheduled to make his first visit as governor to a district-run public school in Philadelphia, and he might have company. 

The Philadelphia teachers' union, the NAACP and other community leaders are planning a demonstration to greet Corbett before the Friday morning event at Central High School. 

Corbett's visit is part of a campaign to commend high-achieving schools on Pennsylvania's first-ever performance scores. He'll be joined by school Superintendent William Hite. 

The Philadelphia School District is weathering its worst financial crisis in recent memory and some parents and teachers say it was worsened by Corbett's budget-balancing cuts to education aid in 2011.  

Corbett, a Republican who is running for re-election in November, is critical of teachers' unions and has worked to advance private, parochial and charter schools.

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