The Future of Chester
The future of the Chester Upland School District In Delaware County is and has been up in the air for quite some time now.
As a result of the devastating state budget cuts to education Chester Upland’s school district went under financially.
Chester Upland gets nearly 70 percent of its annual funding from the state but lost almost 20 percent of its allotment because of severe budget cuts according the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Even with the well being of students on the line the state is not stepping in to rectify the financial instability that many rightfully argue was pushed by the states multi-million dollar cuts to education.
In fact as recently as January 17th, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson ordered the state advance $3.2 million to the Chester Upland School District so it could meet its payroll for the time being.
Regardless of the state’s claims that the Chester Upland School District mismanaged its budget, students shouldn’t have to suffer not knowing whether or not they will be able to keep attending their schools.
Teachers shouldn’t have to question whether they will be paid and whether they will be able to continue teaching their pupils.
Remarkably, before the federal court ruling for the $3.2 million advance of funds the teachers vowed to teach without pay for as long as they could.
That is absolute dedication to not only their profession but also to the state’s most precious resource: our students.
Why doesn’t the state display such dedication to its students and their instructors?
Furthermore why would any state allow conditions like this to go on this long?
Will you join students & parents from across Pennsylvania to demand that Governor Corbett make equitable school funding a top priority in the next budget?
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