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Pa. school districts grapple with potential cuts

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PHILADELPHIA — Teachers. Kindergarten programs. Art and music classes.

School officials across Pennsylvania say all that and more is on the chopping block in light of the governor's proposed $1 billion reduction in education funding.

The cutbacks would affect districts large and small, from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to tiny Wyalusing. GOP Gov. Tom Corbett says he is trying to close a multibillion-dollar hole in the state's budget.

Educators are crunching numbers and making dire predictions of how the losses could affect their communities. Students are worried, too. Hundreds marched in Philadelphia on Wednesday to show their anger.

But both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have said the reductions may be too steep. Budget negotiations are ongoing.