Petitioners To Corbett: Fund Chester-Upland’s Foundering School District

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(Petitions are delivered from Chester-Upland to the governor's reception room at the Harrisburg capitol.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

(Petitions are delivered from Chester-Upland to the governor’s reception room at the Harrisburg capitol. Credit: Tony Romeo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A delegation from Chester, Pa. today delivered petitions to Governor Tom Corbett’s office seeking state funds to keep the Chester-Upland schools open.

Four women and a child led by Danyel Jennings (far left in photo) went to the governor’s office carrying a petition they say contains almost 2,500 signatures seeking to keep the Chester-Upland School District open.

The Corbett administration has pledged to keep classrooms open through the current school year, but Jennings says she’s just as concerned about the long term.

“If our school district stays open till June, that’s good, but we still have September to next June, and the year after and the year after,” she told KYW Newsradio today.  “We’re trying to keep out schools open for the foreseeable future.”

Jennings says she also wants to avoid another state takeover of the Chester-Upland School District, saying the previous state takeover proved not to be the solution for the district’s problems.

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