Judge, state question quick renewal for Chester charter school

April 20, 2018 GMT

By Staff

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is questioning the Chester-Upland School District’s decision to renew its operating agreement with the state’s largest brick-and-mortar charter school through 2026 while the school was just one year into its current five-year term.

“If charters are going to be renewed right out of the chute, … they’ve already been approved before they’ve even performed,” said James Flandreau, a lawyer for the department, at hearings this week ordered by a Delaware County Court judge.  “Certainly, one year is way too early to evaluate any charter’s performance.”

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