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Corbett seeks $10 million more for Pa. early education

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

by Mary Wilson for NewsWorks

Gov. Corbett plans to ask Pennsylvania lawmakers for a $10 million increase for early education grants in his budget address next week.

The proposal would amount to a 16 percent increase in funding for the state’s Pre-K Counts program.

"Our Pre-K Counts programs consistently deliver high-quality pre-K education," Corbett said Thursday. "We’re not talking just babysitting, we’re talking care, we’re talking about teaching, we’re talking about nurturing."

Going into the fiscal year beginning in July, estimates show a deficit of more then $1 billion. But Corbett has given advance notice of a few other increases that he plans to request in his spending plan — such as more assistance for abuse victims and initiatives serving those with intellectual disabilities.

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