Top ranking Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature are meeting with Gov. Tom Corbett over a funding crisis that could prevent Philadelphia’s public schools from opening on time.
The meeting on Monday in the Capitol was taking place behind closed doors.
Outside the meeting, a small but noisy protest is underway.
It involves several dozen people — a mix of parents, teachers and students.
The governor and the legislative leaders will have to decide whether to allow the city to impose a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes, a proposal that has stalled amid opposition from within the Republican caucuses.
House leaders last week canceled plans to consider the Philadelphia cigarette tax, leaving in doubt the city schools’ Sept. 8 opening.