That Diverts The Black Community Conscious Attention Away From The Importance Of The Community Governance Culture.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Chester Upland school board rejects recovery plan
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The Chester Upland school board voted, 5-4, Monday night to reject a recently released financial and academic recovery plan, causing the state to seek to have the troubled district placed in control of a receiver.
Approval of the plan was necessary for the elected board to have a role in implementing it - which several residents implored members to do.
Board President Wanda Mann, before casting her no vote, said she could not support a plan that called for laying off teachers, closing schools, and increasing class sizes.
As the meeting grew increasingly contentious, State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (D., Delaware) and others accused the board's Republican majority of voting based on politics rather than for the district's children.
Board member Charlie Warren, who voted in favor of the plan, said he wanted the community to have a voice in its implementation.
"I'm voting to stay in the game," Warren said.
Under distressed-district legislation, the state must now seek to have a receiver named. That could be Joseph Watkins, appointed chief recovery officer by the state this summer, or someone else.
The school board would continue to exist, but its power would be limited to levying and raising taxes, according to state Education Department spokesman Tim Eller.
Dean Kaplan, a consultant who worked with Watkins on the plan, said he was "very disappointed" by the vote. Watkins was not present.
The recovery plan made public Nov. 13 calls for the schools to be run by outside operators, such as charter schools, cyber charters, and education management companies, if the district does not meet certain academic performance goals by the end of the 2014-15 school year.
The plan aims to bring financial health to the deficit-ridden district. Under the proposal, private funding would be sought to pay for such programs as day care for students' children and after-school and summer offerings. Taxes would increase, and some district buildings would be sold.
The district's central administration building and three school buildings would be closed - two possibly as soon as next month - and 70 jobs would be eliminated by the end of the next school year.
The plan also calls for improving academic performance in a district where more than 50 percent of students score below proficiency on state standardized tests.
There are times in which the tinkering and fighting by the ADULTS about the school systems' governance - is totally abstract from the fundamental problem that manifests itself in the STUDENTS -as their present academic and conscious state indicate the character of WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO, IN TOTAL.
Chester PA, the year 2042, is occupying the classrooms of the Chester Upland School District in 2012.
In 1994, Chester Upland was named by the state as the worst-performing school district in Pennsylvania. The district had a multimillion dollar deficit and its decision-making ability was taken over by the state. A for-profit company, Edison Schools, was hired to try to improve the struggling district's test scores in 2001. After four years it was determined that Edison was not successful in turning the district around. A number of incidents, including an allegation of sexual misconduct on the part of an Edison employee, and policies such as not allowing students to bring home books, led to the state's decision to break its contract with Edison.
The district has regained local public control, but remains one of the lowest-performing in Pennsylvania. 72% of district students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, as compared to the state average of 33%. In recent years it has opened a number of selective-admission magnet schools.
Blaming Edison Schools for failing to turn around Chester Upland is logically akin to blaming "Austerity Cuts" for failing to turn the tide in Europe. The problem can be identified by looking at the longer term trend that begat the intervention.
The Angry Citizens Of Chester PA Should Summon Philadelphia Mayor Nutter To Their City To Tell Them The Same Thing That Made The Citizens Of West Philadelphia Who Also Suffer From Failing Schools HAPPY As He Talked About How Mitt Romney Had Damaged Education In Massachusetts After Only One Term In Office
(Psst - Until You Feel CHEAP For Allowing The BLACK COMMUNITY'S PERMANENT INTERESTS To Get Hijacked Due To Ideological Bigotry - NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE As You Will Merely Seek PACIFICATION By Focusing On "Victories" THAT ARE NOT OF YOUR OWN - Where They Matter The Most)