PA Education Department Defends its Treatment of Chester Upland

Lawyers for the state Department of Education began their defense Tuesday in a federal special-education lawsuit brought by the Chester Upland School District, saying that no law had been violated and that the district had done too little to solve its own problems.

In testimony last week and Monday, Chester Upland’s lawyers sought to show U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson that the district faces a large funding shortfall in providing legally required services for its 735 special-education students. The district may have too little money to open schools in September, they said, much less provide for special-needs children.

Click here to read the full article by Dan Hardy published in The Philadelphia Inquirer (May 15, 2012).

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