Pa. auditor: Chester-Upland schools face crisis

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says an audit confirms that Chester-Upland School District is facing a management and academic crisis.

DePasquale said at a news conference Thursday that decisive steps are needed to fix longstanding problems in the southeastern Pennsylvania district, which is now under the supervision of court-appointed receiver.

DePasquale says its graduation rate is only 42 percent, less than half the state goal of 85 percent, and student test scores in math and reading similarly fall short of state benchmarks. He says the district has had seven superintendents in less than 10 years.

The district’s receiver, Joe Watkins, says it recently signed a five-year contract with its first permanent superintendent since 2010. Watkins says he also created a new position of chief financial officer to oversee district finances.

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