A York County judge on Friday gave the state permission to put the York City School District under the leadership of David Meckley, a 63-year-old businessman and lifelong York County resident. Part of his recovery plan for the district is a full conversion to charter schools.
A proposal to turn the York City School District into Pennsylvania's first all-charter school system moved forward Friday despite opposition from the district, the teachers union and community members. York County President Judge Stephen Linebaugh ruled to place the district into state receivership under appointee David Meckley. The district opposed the decision, and its attorney Marc Tarlow quickly moved to appeal, according to The Associated Press. Meckley plans to bring in Charter Schools USA, a Florida-based operation, to run York's eight schools, establishing the first all-charter district in the state.
The Souderton Area School Board approved the renewal of a five-year contract between the district and SCSC during the Dec. 18 legislative meeting. The contract renewal was approved by a 5-4 vote. Board members Janet Flisak, Matt Holliday, Ken Keith, board Vice President Thomas Kwiatkowski and board President Scott Jelinski voted yes and board members Jill Basile, Nicholas Braccio, William Brong and Donna Scheuren voted no. Prior to the vote, board members weighed in on how difficult this vote was, many of them stating that a charter school in a high-performing district, such as theirs, was unnecessary while others called on legislators for charter school reform. “I think the Souderton charter school is excellent and one of the best charter schools in
A charter school is a school that receives public funding, but operates independently.