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Schools, Parents React To Gov. Corbett's Budget

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Governor Tom Corbett's recommended 10 percent reduction in education spending – part of his new proposed budget presented to state lawmakers – is receiving a failing grade in some quarters.

Pittsburgh School Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane says the plan will mean a $34 million reduction in state aide to the Pittsburgh Public Schools District. Lane said the education proposals simply push the difficult decisions down to the local level.

Many school districts fear they may have to raise school taxes because of less money from Harrisburg.

"I think education needs as much money as it can get," Christie Hoffman, a parent, told KDKA-TV, at a basketball game in Mt. Lebanon.

Another parent, Ryan Estabrook, said he didn't think it was a good idea to cut education funding, but he was impressed that the [state] government wanted to balance the budget.

"I'm not at all for what the governor is going to do," Upper St. Clair teacher Jan Billotte said. "I believe education is the key to the future. The more we can educate our students, the better off they are going to be."

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