Corbett wants to grade schools, pay teachers on merit basis

When Gov. Tom Corbett released his budget proposal, no one was surprised that it rolled back government spending. And with education making up a third of the state budget, it made sense that public schools and colleges would take a hit.

But the scale of the cuts to education — more than $1.2 billion — shocked many.

“I think my immediate reaction was, how am I going to do this?” said David Goodin, superintendent of Connellsville Area School District, which would receive nearly $4.9 million less in state aid under the governor’s budget.
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