Wolf nominee for education secretary fields questions from legislators at budget hearings



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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Gov. Tom Wolf's nominee as state education secretary has his work cut out for him.

Pedro Rivera was questioned by members of the House Appropriations Committee for more than three hours Monday about details of Wolf's proposed boost in education spending and a plan to cut local school property taxes by $3.2 billion.

Republican legislators expressed concern about what they view as inequities in the way Democratic governor would distribute the property tax cuts and his plan to divert funds from the state's main bank account into a restricted account to ensure that the state's share of public employee pensions.

Rivera, the former superintendent of Lancaster's schools, says children deserve an opportunity to have a great education, and teachers must have the resources to provide it.

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