State requests receiver for York City schools

Written by York Daily Record | Dec 1, 2014 2:07 PM

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Students were among nearly 300 people who protested York City School District's charterization at a recent school board meeting

(York) -- Pennsylvania's acting education secretary, Carolyn Dumaresq, has filed a petition in York County court, requesting that David Meckley be appointed as receiver for the York City School District.

The action follows the school board's decision in November to table any action on a proposed contract with a charter operator, which would take over operation of district schools in 2015.

A receiver would assume all of the powers of the school board except levying taxes, the state department has said.

The district was declared in financial recovery in 2012 and Meckley was appointed by the state as recovery officer, tasked with coming up with a recovery plan for the district. The plan put in place allowed for internal reform but included a path to charter operators if progress wasn't made.

The law allows for the state to petition the court for receivership if the school board doesn't follow the plan.

This story is posted as part of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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