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Corbett seeks $10 million more for Pa. early education




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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