By Will Richan
Dr. Baughn and Mr. Johnson called the Delco Times article reporting Judge Dozor’s decision unfair. I think the same could be said for their critique. I think the same could be said about their critique. For example, they call the headline “extremely misleading.” Here is the headline: “Chester Upland ordered to open its doors to charters.” Which Judge Dozor did in effect. In fact, he said open the doors a little wider by including high schools. They say he gave the District the option of inviting proposals from charters. But he was ordering them to do that. True, they have some prior steps they will go through first, but the order was clear. Given the fact that the judge’s order went out to attorneys who were at the hearings on behalf of a number of cyber charters, presumably they also get the invite. Cyber charters: The least regulated and in many cases poorest performing sector of public education in Pennsylvania. Ah, but say Baughn and Johnson, the final decision to accept or reject a proposal rests with the District. Not encouraging, given its track record to date. This is the school district that gave Chester Community Charter a nine-year renewal of its charter, contrary to the policy of five-year renewals. Chester Community Charter, whose scores on state tests have been well below many District-run schools ever since it was caught cheating on those standardized test scores a few years ago; caught, incidentally, by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, not the Chester Upland School District; the same charter school that, unlike the other two brick-and-mortar charters in Chester Upland, is managed by a for-profit company with which it has close ties and which refuses to say how it spends our tax-payers’ money.###
Below is the The Baughn and Johnson letter they allegedly wrote and has only been seen on Facebook. Since it’s not on the School district web page under Superintendent Message, and not sent out as a press release, I’ll categorize it as bogus. But, it seems to have received a lot of traction, so maybe it’s real. I’m just not a big fan of Facebook posts, but don’t let my bias cloud what you believe.
A message from Superintendent Juan Baughn and School Board President Anthony Johnson:
Many of you have seen, and are upset about, the article in the Delaware County Daily Times about Judge Dozer’s ruling regarding the Chester Upland School District and charter schools.
First, let us say that the headline of the article is extremely misleading. Judge Dozer’s order offered the Chester Upland School District the OPTION of allowing charter schools to take over a particular school, should we find it financially beneficial. The key here is that we, the Chester Upland School District, have the final decision.
Second, this order is a part of an overall recovery plan to help put the District back into the hands of the elected school board. A school board, which is involved in the decisions made by the District, even as we’re under receivership. The recovery plan includes many possibilities for us to consider, as part of the best interest of our students. This is only one of those possibilities.
Finally, we can say with absolute certainty that we’re disappointed in the Delaware County Daily Times for not interviewing a single person in the District administration. If they had, we could have cleared up much of the confusion the article created for families in our District and members of our community.
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