Wolf urges cuts in charter payments for troubled district

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 18, 2015 5:27 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's governor has urged a judge to drastically cut how much a suburban Philadelphia school district pays charters for special education students and online learning.

Governor Tom Wolf says survival of the financially-troubled Chester Upland School District could hinge on court approval for the cuts in charter reimbursements. Those would total about $24.7 million in the 2015-16 school year.

Curbing charter school reimbursements is part of a recovery plan to reduce the district's deficits through auditing, appointment of a financial turnaround specialist and fiscal monitoring of future spending.

The governor says he hopes a Delaware County judge signs off on the changes before classes resume. 

The Pennsylvania Coalition on Public Charter Schools has called Wolf's proposals a blatant step in "killing" charter schools at the expense of children.

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