One of Pennsylvania's poorest school districts says it will run out of money next month after state officials denied its request for an $18.7 million advance on expected state funding.
State education secretary Ron Tomalis denied the request by Chester Upland School District in a letter Thursday.
The district had sought the advance saying it was in danger of running out of money and may not be able to meet its payroll obligations.
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Tomalis' letter blamed the school board for mismanaging its finances, including the rehiring of furloughed staff at a cost of $6.45 million.
The district counters that the state has cut its funding $24 million in the last two years. The current board took over in 2010 when the district was released from 16 years of state control.