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Governor Corbett Presents Academic Awards to Harborcreek Schools

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Governor Tom Corbett visited the Harborcreek School District to recognize three schools for their academic performance.

At a big assembly in the high school auditorium he presented the Governor's Award for Excellence banners to the principals of Klein, Clark and Rolling Ridge elementary schools.

Clark and Rolling Ridge scored 94% on the state's new performance profile, an academic evaluation based on several factors including Keystone and PSSA scores and student improvement.

Klein scored 95%, in spite of the fact students are temporarily housed at the former Wesleyville Elementary, while their own school is under major renovations.

Performance profile information on every school in the state is now on the state's website at www.pa.gov .  Corbett says that will push districts to improve. The governor also touted a new teacher evaluation process that rewards those who do well and helps those not doing so well to improve.

The governor is also pushing the block grant plan in his proposed education budget.  "A lot of our proposals work around the block grant money, because that allows the money to go directly to school districts as they compete for it and see where they need to put the money," said Corbett.  "That's better than putting more money into basic education funding where we spend all equally across the board."

Not everyone agrees, because that could leave some districts out if they don't qualify for block grant funds. Governor Corbett told reporters the budget is just a starting point, and now the negotiations get underway with lawmakers.

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