Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates address school choice

    At Philadelphia’s Constitution Center, Corbett and Onorato debate approaches to education.

    By Aaron Moselle
    The Democratic and Republican candidates for Pennsylvania governor stopped at Philadelphia’s Constitution Center Tuesday to talk about education.

    Democratic nominee Dan Onorato and Republican candidate Tom Corbett differ in their approaches to improving education in the state. But both see school choice as a key part of their plans.

    Corbett, now Pennsylvania’s attorney general, says parents should have the right to choose. They should have “the right to choose the school that their child attends, including making a choice outside of the public system if their child’s public school is a failing one.”

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    Onorato says he favors school choice as long as traditional public schools aren’t ignored.

    “We’ve got to make sure that if there’s a failing public school, that’s got to be fixed in addition to these opportunities. So I don’t pick one side or the other. They’re all part of the solution.”

    Most polls show Corbett leading Onorato.

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