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Charter school option not completely off the table in York

Written by Marie Cusick | May 6, 2013 3:56 AM
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(York) -- The man charged with overseeing the struggling York City School District has proposed a plan to allow the district to reform from within.

David Meckley, the state-appointed chief recovery officer for York’s schools, wants the district to reorganize itself, instead of switching the district to an all-charter model.

Bruce Riek, head of the city teachers’ union, says details are still being worked out, but teachers will likely see a 10 percent annual pay cut for four years and an increase in contributions to their benefit plans.

“The internal model sounds as if it’s giving us a chance," he says. But, it’s giving us a chance with caveats.”

He says if certain accountability standards aren’t met, the district could still be converted to charters in the future.

“Even though this sounds good and like it’s in our favor, there’s still a chance he gets what he wants and there’s still a chance in five to six years that we are 50 to 100 percent charterized,” Riek says.

Public comments will be accepted on the plan until May 10th. It goes before the school board May 15th and will be voted on in mid-June.

As a note of disclosure Bruce Riek's wife is WITF's education coordinator.

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