Update November 13th, 2012
district faces school closings, cuts Pa.
Watkins’ plan seeks to bring financial stability to Chester Upland by closing the district’s deficit through staffing cuts, school closures and real estate sales. It also requires the district to bolster its academic programs in an effort to regain students — and their subsidies — lost to charter and cyber schools.
plan: Close 3 schools, sell buildings
Rita Giordano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
schools' recovery plan 'radical and bold'
Update September 6th, 2012
The sad, sad school district Michelle Obama mentioned
Three business days into his position as the district’s chief recovery officer, his desktop was mostly empty. A stack of unopened boxes stood in front of his desk while another series of boxes lined a wall beneath a whiteboard. Watkins hardly was settled into his new role, but he said he already had begun a dialogue with district administrators and school board members. When district employees poked their heads into his office, he greeted them by name.
Governor Corbett’s Privatization Agenda in Pennsylvania
Update August 23, 2012
Watkins: What Will Happen to
Chester ? Upland
Controversial choice to
School Choice Group's Chairman Takes Over Pa. Recovery District
Update February 28, 2012
to make next payroll date Upland
Not happy with that $14 million cut in funding for Chester Upland? Let your legislators know....
Chester plans to continue building a core group of parents who are committed to making the State answer one simple question: What about next year?
NY Times: Pennsylvania Schools’ Financing Fight Pits District Against ‘Charter on Steroids’
Ellen DeGeneres: Public education’s new funding stream
January 31, 2012
Delco Times By PAUL LUCE, firstname.lastname@example.org
who was a guest of the first lady for the State of the Union address will be a
guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Columbus
After being invited to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address as Michelle Obama’s guest Jan. 24, Sara Ferguson was invited on to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for an episode airing Thursday.
Community Charter injunction denied Chester
January 30, 2012
Delco Times By JOHN KOPP, email@example.com
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania denied
School its request for a preliminary
injunction Monday in its lawsuit against the and the
Pennsylvania Department of Education. Chester Upland
The denied injunction requested PDE immediately pay CCCS $6.881 million, forbid Chester Upland from spending charter payments due to CCCS for January and order the district to hold at least $3.018 million in an escrow fund to be paid to CCCS on Feb. 5.
officials: We found funding Chester
Tribune Written by Damon C.
Williams Monday, 30 January 2012 18:46 Philadelphia
Marching on the state capitol — as two busloads of concerned parents of
children in the
Chester Upland School District
and did last week to
deliver signed petitions to the governor’s office — will only go so far. Chester Community Charter
Now, officials from both school districts have taken things a step further, saying they have discovered several million in state funds that could theoretically be used to fund both districts in the near term.
Jointly Propose Plan to Avert Funding Crisis Chester Upland School District
CUSD and CCCS host press conference to present new information that may avert a continuing educational crisis in the City of Chester, PA
Chester Upland Teachers, support staff thank legislators for working to secure funding to keep district schools open
.....Along with members of the administration, those attending the meeting included Sens. Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester/Delaware), Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) and Ted Erickson (R-Delaware/Chester), as well as Reps. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), Tom Killion (R-Delaware/Chester), Joe Hackett (R-Delaware), Margo Davidson (D-Delaware), Thaddeus Kirkland (D-Delaware), Maria Donatucci (D-Delaware/Philadelphia), and Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware).
Leach 'impressed' with Corbett at meeting on
Gov. Corbett, Delco pols huddle to discuss Chester Upland
Is there a solution for
Education secretary says Chester-Upland school district victim of poor management
They also came loaded with questions about the district’s long-term future.
teacher: Who is going to help our schools?
Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis
financial struggles Chester-Upland SD
But make no mistake. The clock is still ticking on the Chester Upland financial timebomb. It’s just been reset. The $3.2 million a judge ordered released to the district will get them through the end of the month, or maybe a week or two into February. Then what?
Chester : Putting Private Profits Above Student Success Upland
State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159, of
State. Rep. William Adolph, R-165, of
JANUARY 18, 2012
Senator Pileggi to Host
Open Forum for Parents in the
Short-term deal between
Gov. Corbett's message to
to get $3.2M to
Avery said negotiations began as early as 9 a.m. Saturday and continued beyond 5 p.m.
Long-struggling schools in
At the request of Judge Michael Baylson, talks will continue throughout the holiday weekend in an effort to reach an agreement and avoid a court date, Hackett said.
The Chester Upland School Board filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the state, Pennsylvania Department of Education and several state officials, calling on the state to provide the $20.7 million the district needs to ensure it will remain open throughout the school year.
If a resolution is not reached by Tuesday morning, Hackett said, Baylson will hold a hearing on the district’s lawsuit at noon.
Clippers be a casualty of
Chester Upland education crisis?
District officials have gone begging to