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Radio Smart Talk for Monday, March 18:
It was a bombshell last month when YorkCounts, an initiative of the York County Community Foundation, suggested that all students currently in the City of York School District attend charter schools instead. That's only happened in a few other schools across the country -- most notably in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the city's infrastructure and left it in shambles -- physically and otherwise.
Going to an all charter model is one of several dramatic changes being considered in a district that is experiencing major problems. Money is so tight that York closed two school buildings and have kindergarten students through eight graders attending classes in the same building. Student test scores have also been low compared to others in Pennsylvania.
The state appointed a Chief Recovery Officer, David Meckley, who is taking suggestions on how to improve York's schools.
Among the ideas being considered are consolidating or merging with other districts, community based schools, transformation from within and legislative changes on the state level.
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