York City School Board votes to ratify appeal despite Meckley’s disapproval

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The York City School Board votes to move forward with its appeal over receivership. This, despite the fact the district’s receiver and the state do not believe the board has the authority to appeal. The meeting was held in preparation for Tuesday’s court hearing. That’s where the debate will center around the issue over whether the board has the right to appeal over receivership.

Receivership essentially strips the school board of all powers except for levying taxes. In December, Judge Stephen Linebaugh ruled in favor of the state Department of Education's petition to place the York City School District in receivership and appoint David Meckley as receiver. Shortly after, the district appealed the judge's ruling. But the state doesn't think the district has the authority to do so, and filed documents explaining why.

The state argues the judge's order means the school board no longer has the power to make decisions about an appeal. Monday night, Meckley reiterated the state's point in a prepared statement.

"I disapprove of any appeal over the judge's order," said Meckley.

Despite that, the board voted to ratify the appeal it filed and to allow its attorneys to appeal any other adverse decisions. The ratification is in response to the state pointing out there was no public vote before the district filed the appeal.

"I've never seen it, I've been doing this a couple decades. But being lawyers you have belts and suspenders and that's what you saw tonight, belts and suspenders," said Marc Tarlow, the attorney for the district.

Essentially, the district's lawyer says the board is trying to cover all of its bases.

Meckley would not comment on the board's decision.

28 comments

  • Garry Crist

    well i am sure if the district doesnt have the authority to file an appeal then i guess the parents do. So i think those parents who are angry just like i am should go straight to David Meckleys office and protest and then go to his house and protest. Mr. Meckley doesnt have to worry about any of this with his kids because they go to york suburban and he is just another rich snob trying to get his hands in the piggy bank. Let me you tell you something Mr. Meckley my children are not some kind of game or toy you dont play with my childs education. Mess with my childs education = angry parent. So please do us all a favor and go back to suburbia where you live and leave this great city alone. Sorry had to get that out since he doesnt seem to respond to emails. but thanks everyone for listening

    • OneMan'sOpinion

      Harrisburg had its turn to be a laughing stock with Linda Thompson vs. City Council. It’s York’s turn now with David Meckley vs. York City School Board.

      • Garry Crist

        But city council and a school district are 2 different things. This is just a last ditch effort by the Corbett admin to screw up our education system before Wolfe takes office. David meckley isn’t about the child’s education he is about the money.

        • OneMan'sOpinion

          I registered Independent. My views more often lean with Democrats. I really doubt Mr. Corbett said to himself that he feels like screwing up public education. Both parties have visions to improve things and neither gets to “try” them out because the opposite party launches campaigns to undermine the other. Look for stability is what I say. Politics aside. We should not care which party stabilizes academic performance and finances in the schools, as long as they can do it in a timely fashion. Then we’ll pat whomever on the back and say thanks otherwise, let’s try something else.
          I can’t understand though why we are not looking at successful formulas in other districts in the USA.

          • Garry Crist

            I don’t care about politics in this matter just to let you know I am a democrat and tom Corbett has taken money from education to put it in prisons and that was done in his first year in office. Him and his wife were school teachers and supposedly call education their number one priority and the reason they are doing it now because when Wolfe comes I they will have to file everything all over again cuz it will not carry over but anyway my boys love their school and they have said that they won’t go to school if it becomes a charter they love their teachers and their teachers care about the students something else charter school don’t have is caring individuals but thanks for your opinion

    • OneMan'sOpinion

      Garry, I trust that you think your child is getting a very good education as things are going now and that you think that the education quality WILL deteriorate with a charter school (a school that will have a LOT to prove given the huge opposition). However, how do you know that will be the case? What is going to happen as York schools are further eroding financially and academically and fraught with stalemate arguments as has been the case for several years?

      • Garry Crist

        See that’s the problem David Meckley is making everyone believe that york city schools are failing but that is not the case at all. Charter schools usa I have done my homework and research and have found that to them it more about the money not the child’s education and also my one nephew goes to Lincoln Edison charter and he was being bullied for a long time and constantly told his teacher and school administrator and they did absolutely nothing and then when he told his father his father questioned the teacher and the teacher said no he didn’t say nothing to me about kids teasing him and my nephew had proof because they have a bully box and they write the name of the bully and it will be handled but it never was and the bully box was always emptied into the trash and never got solved until my nephews father threatened with legal action and the truth is that charter schools don’t follow the same rules and regulations like public schools and their teachers aren’t even board certified. Also the district or David Meckley has to offer some kind of public school alternative other then online. But yeah trust I understand your point but I have done my homework and researched charter schools usa and their test score are lower then the york city school district. I know someone who knows David Meckley and they said that is more money oriented then he is education. Also the state offered to give David Meckley $2,000,000 to get the charter school off the ground but won’t offer the YCSD any money to bring them back to financial stability so if that don’t sound fishy then I don’t know what does

      • jay

        And what do you think will happen when it becomes all charter and special education is kicked out?
        The charter schools we have pick and choose students of parents that live outside of the distric over students with learning disabilities

  • dont like charters

    How about finding the money other districts owe York City schools? How about quit threatening charter schools to leverage horrible teacher contracts? How about the Federal government taking over the York City pension payments so they can get out of debt? How about the state receive Meckley back and LEAVE YORK CITY SCHOOLS, teacher especially, ALONE?!!!!

    • Garry Crist

      All I have to say is AMEN !!!! Well said he needs to leave this city and if you look every time he leaves the courthouse he has bodyguards cuz he is afraid of getting beat up but he brought it on himself

  • sharmer

    I hope Gov Wolf puts a new secretary of education and revamps the education department. Otherwise, I’ll be looking for a new govenor in fours again. Doesn’t the owner of charter schools usa have a yacht called “fishin for schools”? Interesting and sad.

    • Garry Crist

      I hope Wolfe fire everyone in Harrisburg and gets all new. I am fed up with Corbett and think he should have been impeached

      • jay

        Unffortunately by the time gov. Wolfe iss in office. King corbett and prince meckley probably will have segregated york city into york charter and picked special education into Liu so that charter usa would pay the bonus checks to them before they had to leave office

  • Garry Crist

    They say if this whole school thing goes through that Wolfe won’t have any authority to change it how about Wolfe firing Meckley that will change it

  • a thought

    I don’t know about the charter school, but the cyber school has a higher Great Schools rating than the city schools do. They mostly have higher test scores too, despite ending up with many kids nobody else wants from urban areas all over the state. The solution (increasing the size of districts to include more than one high school) isn’t going to happen, because I guess we’ve got cooties, so what we should do is to increase competition somehow. Thing is the district keeps trying to pick off any charter school competition and leave us stuck with something that does not work and will not magically begin to work if we all just wish hard enough. Nothing would make me happier than for city students to get a fair shake for a change.

    • Garry Crist

      It’s pathetic that our children’s future are in the middle. A full charter district will not work and that isn’t the answer. What ever happened to all the fund raisers York City Schools had went I went to them. I myself sent David Meckley a nice little email one day and I told him that the parent of students in the district are strong and don’t play games and if we band together we could most likely get him out of power and haha run charter schools USA out of town. They will not be welcomed and if the charter schools were to happen my children would be pulled out and would attend online public school the same with about 80% of the parents in the district then where would they get the money to keep the charter schools going. I will fight til there is no fight let my children are my world and no one messes with their education and their future. Beside how they gonna take care of me when I am old and decrepit lol. Just kidding but some people don’t look at this as a big deal but to me this is a big deal this is their future.

      • a thought

        What they should have done was to accept that people wanted an alternative instead of running out all the charter schools and refusing the partial takeover. The district got all control freaky when they should have compromised. It’s a bad situation however you look at it.

        • Garry Crist

          This isn’t about implementing anything it is about money and I will not allow my child to be used to make someone money. David Meckley doent have to deal with this in his district his daughter goes to York Suburban and he live up in the rich section up in the hills close to the country club he has a big house and a nice car. It isn’t about compromising anything my child is being wronged and I will not allow that to happen charter schools are bad for this district and with some of the bad a** kids in this district some of the teachers would not be able to control them. This is all the Corbett admin because they want to do something major before he is out of office so it sets some kind of legacy and the people in york will not allow it he already took $20,000,000 from education a few years ago and put it in prisons supposedly he and his wife were teachers and education is their top priority but you can clearly see it’s not. They are using David Meckley and if everything is implemented then after its all finalized Meckley will be terminated. So yeah this district does not need to compromise anything in my eyes they have given enough and also if the charter schools would go into effect think about all the jobs that would be lost so yeah it is not the right decision and I will defend my child’s education til the day I die

          • a thought

            We pay plenty that’s for sure, but the way I see it you have an untried moneymaking venture on one side, and pension problems which should have been dealt with when the reporting rules changed a few years back on the other, so I think this comes down to $$$ either way, with former teachers having a moral high ground over the profiteers. This all doesn’t do the kids any good though, we pay a premium and the kids do not get the goods, and that is not a situation we should accept. The problem isn’t a student problem, or a city taxpayer problem, it’s a political problem. That is the unconscionable bottom line IMO.

          • jay

            Nothing personal, but perfect example: york suburban is still part of the town of york. If this was the STATE of Pennsylvania like any of the other 46 states of America, the school districts would NOT be segregated like the four of york: City(poor),West(middle class), Central (Upper Middle, Suburban (Rich)

        • Garry Crist

          As you requested here is the email for David Meckley croyork@outlook.com

          I am sure if he gets enough emails he will rethink his bribe sorry meant to say decision wait no I didnt I meant bribe lol

  • jay

    This means that meckley, who does not want public schools, and and prefers charter schools since theypick and choose the good students will have full king power. He will not allow the schools to stay public since from the moment his boss , the one who cut public school funding, Corbett, sent him to change york city to york charter he said he was going to.

    • jay

      Thank you now please everyone else like me please send mr moneybags petition emails against the profit charter $c#ool$ that are paying him.

    • jay

      Meckley has also said charter transformation is already underway so “most public school employees will probably loses their jobs”.
      To me that sounds like he didnt care from the begining and he, corbett, and their partners in charter schoolsusa had it planned from tbeginning beg

      • Garry Crist

        At this moment he can’t do charter because there is a stay in place meaning that while there is an appeal he has no power and cannot do anything so until the judge make the final decision on the appeal there is nothing he can do. I think this judicial system is in mr meckley a pocket because I have gone in front of Judge Linebaugh and he hates charter he prefers public school he was always so hard on kids that would skip school. So I don’t know why he made the decision he did. I also think the Corbett admin is offering meckley a bribe because it’s funny how all of a sudden this whole situation comes up out of no where and yes it did pop up out of no where

        • jay

          Well for the students sake i truly hope.you are correct but we have been warned otherwise internally.

          And when it comes to the studen sake esespecially important to special education and those from the bad homes since most charter schools dont accept them due to lack of certified teachers and facilities.

          • Garry Crist

            You are so correct. It pains me to see that all these children are right in the middle of this all and I can’t believe that one man can be so evil. But I guess look at this world today look at all that is going on. I am one of those parents that is on a fixed income and my wife and I can’t afford much but still are able to keep things going and our kids are happy and they don’t know why someone is trying to take away their teachers that they love so much. We may not be a wealthy family but we have each other and we have our Lord and I just wish David meckley would find God.

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