HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The president of Pennsylvania’s largest teachers’ union is urging its members to “seriously consider” Gov. Tom Corbett’s call for public educators to agree to a one-year pay freeze.

James Testerman of the Pennsylvania State Education Association said Wednesday he has sent a letter to all of the union’s locals, urging teachers to enter discussions with school boards about a freeze or other cost-saving measures.

Testerman said the PSEA is fighting the $1 billion cut the Republican governor proposes in public school funding for the fiscal year that starts July 1. He called on parents and community leaders to join that effort to preserve valuable programs students will need to succeed in life.

Corbett also has called for slashing state higher-education funding by 50 percent to help avert a budget deficit.

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