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Governor Corbett, Along With Berks County Legislators, Education And Business Leaders, Discuss Passport For Learning Block Grant Program

READING, Pa., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today, joined in Reading by members of the General Assembly and local education and business leaders, talked about reinvesting proceeds from the sale of the state liquor store system into an educational block grant for Pennsylvania's schools. 

This Passport for Learning Block Grant is in addition to Corbett's proposed $90 million increase in the upcoming budget's Basic Education Funding line item. This year's proposed $5.5 billion state investment in education is the highest in state history.

"Two weeks ago, we made history when the House led us one step closer to real choice and convenience by passing House Bill 790," Corbett said. 

"The bill now moves to the Senate. Let's get Pennsylvania out of this outdated system of selling alcohol once and for all, and reinvest the proceeds into Pennsylvania's future - our children,'' Corbett said. "Selling liquor is not a core function of government; education is."

The governor is calling for final passage of this legislation by June 30.

"Our proposal is part of my commitment to changing Harrisburg, streamlining government and moving Pennsylvania forward," Corbett said. "Our plan gives consumers what they want by increasing choice and convenience, and helps to secure our future by adding funding toward the education of our children, without raising any taxes."

" Pennsylvania and Utah are the only two states in the country who have fully state-controlled liquor systems," Corbett said. "I want Pennsylvanians to enjoy the same convenience that virtually every other American today has."

The governor is proposing to use the proceeds from the sale of the state's liquor system to create the Passport for Learning Block Grant, to be divided among Pennsylvania's school districts over four years.

The Passport for Learning will offer funds in four, student-focused, initiatives: school safety, "Ready by 3," individualized learning programs, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

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