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Chester Upland delays vote on recovery plan till Monday

The Chester Upland school board announced Monday night that it was delaying its vote on the recently unveiled state-mandated academic and financial recovery plan until next week in the hope of negotiating some changes.

The Chester Upland school board announced Monday night that it was delaying its vote on the recently unveiled state-mandated academic and financial recovery plan until next week in the hope of negotiating some changes.

Board President Wanda Mann said the board would vote Monday.

Friday of this week was the deadline, but that was extended to next Monday because of Thanksgiving, said Becky Taylor, spokeswoman for Joseph P. Watkins, the state-appointed chief recovery officer for the struggling district.

If the board does not approve the plan, the state will move to have the district placed in receivership, severely restricting the board's authority.

Some board members said they were concerned about the relatively short amount of time the district would be given to turn around academically before the schools would be handed over for external management.

The "radical and bold" recovery plan Watkins made public last week calls for the schools to be run by external management operations such as charter schools, cyber charters, and education management companies if the district does not meet certain academic performance goals by the end of the 2014-15 school year.

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