Rescind the Tom and Susan Corbett Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Wendy Taylor
8 years ago
Presenting thelifetime achievement award to these people will make a mockery of the PA Department of Education. This is completely ridiculous with the amount of schools being closed, teachers losing jobs and the students of Pennsylvania losing out on qualiy education.

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Marlene Aron
8 years ago
As a former resident and educator in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and an adjunct instructor in painting, drawing and art history at Penn State University, as well as an artist who exhibited for over eight years in museums and galleries in Pittsburgh and throughout PA, I find it appalling that Tom Corbett should be honored for his contribution to the "social value of the art." When, in fact, he has slashed programs and the budget for the arts, showing no regard what-so-ever for the education of our young people. Shame on you for bestowing this honor on a man who in fact has cut money for the arts, as well as education. He does not deserve this honor.

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Chrissy Reese
8 years ago
I grew up in Pittsburgh and the arts were a huge part of my upbringing. In addition to being active in my school's marching band, concert band, orchestra and choral programs, I also spent years participating in the Children's Festival Chorus and the Civic Light Opera's educational programs. These programs not only kept me busy after school with positive activities (rather than drinking or discovering drugs, as many of my peers did), they also gave me a place to find friends with common interests -- a place to use my mind and my talents to become a better person. If Mr. Corbett has "recognized the economic, education and social value of the arts," then he should know that slashing these budgets is an absolutely terrible idea. Since he obviously does not, we, as the people he serves, need to set him straight!

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Austin Davidheiser
8 years ago
Welll I guess the loss of two different state jobs teaching theater to high school and college students might do it, or perhaps it was the fact that between myself and my wife our family lost 75% of our income due to state budget cuts of this nature. No, I don't think a governor who finds tax breaks for fracking but slashes budgets for education or the arts needs to hanging any awards in his office.

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Ashwin Iyengar
8 years ago
This is absolutely ridiculous. My school's music program is, over the next few years, probably going to be effectively slashed, SPECIFICALLY due to Corbett's tax cuts. Whoever is on the Pittsburgh Opera award committee is clearly engaging in political brown nosing and deserves no respect from the people who are trying to save our arts education programs.

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Wanda Jean Abdollahian
8 years ago
Tom Corbet is ruining public education by his slash and burn tactics. He must be replaced as soon as possible. I find this award to be an insult to the school children of PA and their parents.

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David Shumway
8 years ago
Gov. Corbett's policies will restrict access to education and the arts. Opera audiences are drawn mainly from those with access to education and the arts. By honoring Corbett you are supporting the decline of your own audience.

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Kyle Spiegel
8 years ago
It is an absolute joke to give this award to someone who so obviously does not support public education.

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Michele Feingold
8 years ago
Corbett has set about destroying public education (as well as several other essential aspects of life in thie Commonwealth). ALL of us will suffer when children from preschool age to college are having their options taken away, their access curtailed, their right to a full education in every sense of the word abrogated.The Pittsburgh Opera is either astonishingly out of synch with reality or cravenly indifferent to the suffering this man and his policies are bringing to children, parents, teachers, families, and ultimately every one of us. This mistake needs to be rectified, not justified.

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Sarah Rice
8 years ago
Because this is just wrong