Thursday, July 30, 2015

Shocker: Republicans vote to likely kill off what's left of public education in Chester

This summer I wrote about the Corbett administration's fox-guarding-the-henhouse plan of placing a leading advocate for charter schools in charge of drafting a blueprint to "save" public education in the beleaguered Chester-Upland school district.

Shocker: Republicans vote to likely kill off what's left of public education in Chester

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The Palm Beach home of Vahan Gureghian, Gov. Corbett´s largest campaign donor, who happens to be in the charter school business.
The Palm Beach home of Vahan Gureghian, Gov. Corbett's largest campaign donor, who happens to be in the charter school business.

 

This summer I wrote about the Corbett administration's fox-guarding-the-henhouse plan of placing a leading advocate for charter schools in charge of drafting a blueprint to "save" public education in the beleaguered Chester-Upland school district. Interestingly, the plan announced by that pick, Joe Watkins, called for radical change and steep cuts but would have kept the district intact until 2015. Except that the, ahem, Republicans on the board rejected this plan, so now it's not clear what happens but you have to think the privatization of schools in the poverty-stricken Delco community will come sooner rather than later. If you didn't know better, you'd almost think the fix was in from Day One.

Of course, there already is the privatized operator of a large charter school in Chester -- his name is Vahan Gureghian, and he just happens to be Gov. Corbett's largest campaign donor. Since Gureghian entered the charter school business, he began building a home in Palm Beach -- rendering at top.

Is this a great country or what?

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