The payment rate for charters is inflated, according to the district, because charters are serving a smaller share of students with severe disabilities, but are compensated based on the district’s average costs to educate its larger population of needier, more expensive special-education students.
The Ben Franklin project laid bare problems not only with asbestos and other environmental issues, but also with district processes and communications writ large. The district’s Inspector General is investigating what went wrong. “We learned a lot over over the past several months,” Hite said.
The closure will allow the district to remediate asbestos problems throughout the building at L and Luzerne, but also allow it to prepare for a lead-paint stabilization project, a district spokesperson said.