Gov. Corbett Pushes to Open Philly Schools on Time

Sending the city $265 million, asking Legislature to go back to work and pass the cigarette tax.

Gov. Tom Corbett made a big push today to open Philly public schools on time, saying he would send the city $265 million and call on the Legislature to return to work to pass a cigarette tax officials here say will fully fund schools for the year.

The $265 million is an advance on money the state already planned to send to fund Philly schools — it’s just getting here sooner than planned. Officials have said the cigarette tax is needed to ensure schools can stay open throughout the school year — and that they might not open schools on time without assurance they can keep those doors open.

The announcement came at a 9:30 a.m. press conference, as well as in a series of posts to Twitter.

More to come.

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