EDITORIAL: Will Kirkland's theatrics pay off for ailing schools?
The Democratic state rep who represents the city of Chester and the towns that make up the Chester Upland School District decided to hold a press conference to bemoan the $20 million state funding cut the district is facing.
Only he didn't hold it in Chester. Or Upland. Or Chester Township. He held it outside Springfield High School. Touche, Representative.
Kirkland vowed that if the draconian cuts in the state budget hold up, and the bulk of the money is not restored, he will head into court to sue the state and shut down the district's three high schools. Oh, and those 2,700 students suddenly without school? They would be free to attend another high school in the county.
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It's been a while since we talked, but after reading about your performance in front of Springfield High School I just had to drop you a line.
I must say your threat to unleash the entire school-age population of Chester on neighboring communities was a brilliant bit of political theater. It certainly got people's attention.
Restore at least $15 million of the $20 million in proposed state cuts to the Chester Upland school district ... or else.