State fights appeal in York schools receivership

YORK, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration is contesting the York City School District’s appeal of a judge’s decision to authorize a state takeover and place it in receivership.

The state’s filing Wednesday in York County court said the district didn’t have the authority to appeal Judge Stephen Linebaugh’s decision and the receivership shouldn’t be held up.

Corbett’s administration also argued that the school board didn’t properly authorize its solicitor to file an appeal.

If it stands, Linebaugh’s decision last Friday would give more authority to a state appointee to make York City’s public schools Pennsylvania’s first to be turned into privately run charter schools.

But the school board hasn’t supported that provision and Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, who takes office Jan. 20, says he opposes the move.

Employees’ unions also appealed Linebaugh’s decision.

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