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HARRISBURG, PA (May 7, 2021) – PSEA President Rich Askey today made it clear that educators, support professionals, and community members in Chester Upland School District oppose private providers’ plans to convert some of the district’s schools into charter schools.
During a public meeting held on May 6, three charter school providers publicly submitted their charterization plans to community members for the first time.
“The meeting last night in Chester Upland clearly showed that these charter school proposals are wrong for the Chester Upland community and that the people who live and work in this school district just don’t want to sell off their community schools to private companies,” Askey said.
School staff members and others have pointed out that:
“This is a bad deal for Chester Upland’s students and for the community,” Askey added. “We just can’t allow the Chester Upland community’s public schools to be handed over to private charter companies.
“We hope that the community continues to speak out about this, just like they did during last night’s meeting. We need to put students and parents in Chester Upland first.”
Askey is a Harrisburg music teacher and the president of PSEA. An affiliate of the National Education Association, PSEA represents about 178,000 active and retired educators and school employees, student teachers, higher education staff, and health care workers in Pennsylvania.