I asked another newspaper guy why people get mad at me when I write posts that contain data and quotes that first appear in other sources, but they never seem to get mad at those other sources. He cleverly reminded me that the kid who delivers the second punch on the playground is always the one sent to the office.

Well, I’m probably going to be sent to the office for this one.

I’m going to keep this short. Today’s Delaware County Daily Times steals Tyler Perry’s TV show title for their headline ‘The Have and the Have Nots.‘ As with any sappy Tyler Perry drama, seeing the list of school district budget surpluses and deficits is enough to make you scream at the screen if you’re reading the paper online like me.

I’ve asked this question many times and never have received anything close to an answer – How does a school district remain open with a $22,625,890 budget deficit?

If I’m allowed another question, how can the other 8 districts be $1, 2 or 3 million apart from the school over or under them, but Chester-Upland be $11 million more deficit that the next nearest school?

Whenever they write these articles in the paper, they rarely ever explain anything other than how charter schools are taking all the money from public schools and how only raising school taxes will resolve it. They never tackle how a school operates with a double-digit million dollar deficit.

Is this a question you ask Betsy DeVos, Pedro Rivera, Juan Baughn, the school board, the principals, the teachers, the parents or the students? Who is charged with coming up with an answer?

How does a school district remain open with a $22,625,890 budget deficit?

Maybe the question needs to be rephrased. Maybe we should ask, What things are we missing at Chester-Upland with our $22 million deficit that schools with a surplus are getting?

Has anyone done a side-by-side comparison of Haverford with their $6 million school budget surplus and Chester-Upland with its $22 million dollar deficit? What do they have that our students don’t have?

Tomorrow, the Chester Matters papers hit the street with a lot of education related articles stemming from the recent 65th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. Delaware County schools is a perfect example of how inequitable the distribution of public education is and how it’s hard to not attribute it to race, and race alone.

If you don’t like all that race talk, put your blinders on and just answer this question…

How does a school district remain open with a $22,625,890 budget deficit?