Wolf says big changes needed in troubled school district

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 26, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.



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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Wolf administration says serious changes are needed in one of Pennsylvania's poorest school districts after it failed to persuade a judge to cut payments to charter schools for special education students and online learning by nearly $25 million.

Gov. Tom Wolf's office said Tuesday night that it's looking at options to help the financially troubled Chester Upland School District.

Delaware County Judge Chad Kenney denied the administration's plan, saying the state's and district's lawyers didn't provide a solid rationale for the plan and it wasn't adequate to restore the district to financial stability.

Charter schools had opposed it.

Kenney will allow the district to hire a turnaround specialist and a forensic auditor. Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan says Kenney didn't close the door to reconsidering reductions in charter school payments.

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