When rumors find me, they’re usually have-baked with some truth and a lot of fiction. Cryptic Facebook posts are trying to bring attention to the Chester-Upland outsourcing plan and the official resistance it’s incurred. Here are the facts…
Parents and a community organization in Chester Upland School District (CUSD) filed an emergency motion to suspend a process to outsource the entire Chester-Upland School District’s operations and schools to charter operators.
Parents Jazmine Campos, Latoya Jones, Tiffany Raymond, Precious Scott, and the Delaware County Advocacy & Resource Organization are represented by the Public Interest Law Center and the Education Law Center-PA. In February, the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas granted their petition to intervene and participate in the evaluation of the charter conversion plan.
For you people who want to read their emergency motion to suspend the RFP, CLICK HERE.
Back in May 2020, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Barry Dozor allowed CUSD’s Receiver to move forward with an Request for Proposal (RFP) process to transfer management of the district and its schools to charter operators (if that’s the way they want to go), as part of the district’s financial recovery plan. The judge’s order contained several requirements to ensure that the process was transparent and considered educational quality—not just cost savings. The ruling required the receiver to:
- release audits of school district finances
- post the RFPs, and any requests for information, publicly, on the district’s website
- conduct the process in a public manner and regularly submit status reports
- draft an RFP that ensures that any charter operator is evaluated on their ability to effectively educate all students, including students with disabilities, compared with CUSD.
Apparently, none of these requirements have been met. Parents only learned of the existence of the RFP on November 19—more than three weeks after it was issued.
Read the juicy details directly from The Public Interest Law Center.