Legislators Vow to Save Chester Pa. Schools

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

After meeting privately with Gov. Corbett and Education Secretary Ron Tomalis on Monday, a bipartisan group of legislators said that they would jointly find a way to keep Chester Upland's students in the classroom while exploring long-term solutions to the district's financial plight.

"This includes, if necessary, a supplemental legislative appropriation," State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat, said in a statement after the meeting in Harrisburg.

But Tim Eller, the spokesman for the Education Department, said: "There was no commitment on funding."

Eller, who commented in an e-mail after reading Leach's statement, did not explain what he meant or return calls or e-mails asking for clarification.

A statement from Corbett's office did not address funding, saying: "We are all committed to the children of this school district, and their families, to see that these students get the education they deserve."

Corbett spokeswoman Janet Kelley did not return calls or e-mails asking for comment on Leach's assertion.

On Friday, Corbett said after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, a Republican who represents Chester: "We understand the stress that this situation is putting on [students] and their families, and we want to assure them that they will be able to finish the school year at Chester Upland."

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