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Fate of York City schools could be decided next month

Written by Megan Lello | Mar 18, 2013 1:37 PM

(Undated) -- The York City School District could be a month away from finding out how it'll be structured in the coming years.

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Eric Menzer is a member of the YorkCounts committee, a community group that suggested all the district's struggling schools be converted to charters in the future.

Speaking on witf's Radio Smart Talk, he says students could be divvied up into different schools based on where they live. "A second model would be one where different buildings offered different attributes, different teaching styles, different themes, different approaches, and parents can choose. That has some positives. It has some drawbacks."

Menzer says he's not sure how many teachers would keep their jobs if the district moves to an all-charter system.

Daria Hall is the director of K-12 policy development at the Washington, DC based nonprofit Education Trust.

She says some charter schools perform well, but others, like for-profit cyber charters, don't. "On average, these for-profit authorizers are doing even worse than the not-for-profit authorizers and certainly that the traditional public schools."

The district's state-appointed chief recovery officer, David Meckley, used to sit on the YorkCounts board, but says his ties to the organization wouldn't affect his decision.

He hopes to make a recommendation to the district's School Board on whether to keep the public school system or switch to an all-charter model sometime next month.

Hear the entire interview here.

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