Governor Wolf Releases Statement on Judge’s Chester Upland Ruling

August 25, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement on Judge Kenney’s Chester Upland ruling:

“The amended financial recovery plan submitted by Chester Upland School District Receiver Dr. Francis Barnes called for drastic, but necessary, corrective action to fix a massive budget deficit that has put the district in danger of not opening.

“The portions of the plan that were accepted by Judge Kenney include initiating a forensic audit to reassure tax dollars are being spent properly, bringing in a financial turnaround specialist to find immediate savings, and restructuring a loan agreement with the Department of Education. All of these actions are imperative in putting Chester Upland on solid financial footing. But Judge Kenney’s decision to reject necessary reforms to the special education rates paid by the school district to its charter schools will unfortunately allow a decades-old problem to persist, and the district’s massive budget deficit will only worsen.

“It is clear serious financial reforms are still needed and my administration will evaluate its options moving forward.”

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