Education Secretary Ron Tomalis issued his declaration Tuesday on the Chester Upland School District. Tomalis says the district is "plagued by serious, systemic, and aggregating financial problems" and lacks a plan to address them.
The declaration gives the state the power to appoint a recovery officer to recommend changes. Tomalis could also seek appointment of a receiver with broader powers.
Acting Assistant Superintendent Thomas Persing tells The Philadelphia Inquirer ( http://bit.ly/QEO2Uo) it's too early to say what the designation means for the district.
Chester Upland saw its budget reduced from $114 million to $96 million this year partly due to state budget cuts.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com