HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania state lawmakers are considering whether to give public schools wider latitude to furlough employees during tough economic times and remove seniority rules when they do.

The House Education Committee on Tuesday gathered input from school boards, teachers and others regarding three legislative proposals that would allow the economic furloughs.

Gov. Tom Corbett's education secretary says the administration supports replacing the seniority rule with a system that protects from furloughs the teachers who are considered the most effective.

The state doesn't currently allow economic furloughs of instructional staff unless enrollment has fallen substantially, schools are consolidated or reorganized, or programs are cut because too few students take certain classes or educational standards have changed.

The state's largest teacher's union is opposed, saying schools may target high-salaried veterans.