Chester Upland Pleads Case in Federal Court

Chester Upland School District officials, in federal court Wednesday hoping to receive assurances that they will have enough money to educate 700 special-education students this fall, painted a grim picture of the district’s finances.

District officials told U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson that Chester Upland will end up the year owing charter schools, vendors, and special-education providers about $29 million that it cannot pay. The district, they said, will receive only $17 million to $18 million this school year from the state. The rest of the aid it would otherwise receive will go to charter schools and to pay back money the district owes the state and vendors.

The 3,350-student district almost went broke this year because of state budget cuts, payments to charter schools, and debt from previous years.

Click here to read the full article by Dan Hardy published in The Philadelphia Inquirer (May 10, 2012).

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