State seeks takeover of Harrisburg schools
Pedro Rivera poses for a photograph at Lancaster’s Lincoln Middle School in this Sept. 30, 2011, file photo. The Secretary of Education filed papers Monday asking a judge to put the Harrisburg School District into receivership. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
(Harrisburg) — Pennsylvania’s Department of Education is asking a judge to put the Harrisburg School District into receivership.
Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera filed papers Monday seeking the order in Dauphin County court.
Rivera’s also asking that the court appoint Janet Samuels as receiver.
Samuels, the former superintendent of Norristown Area School District, is currently the state’s chief recovery officer in Harrisburg schools.
A receiver takes operational control of the district, and assumes all the powers and duties of the school board, except the power to impose and raise taxes.
Harrisburg schools have been in financial recovery status since December 2012. Two other school districts, Duquesne City and Chester-Upland, are currently in receivership.
The court has seven days to hold a hearing and then 10 days to consider an initial three-year receivership.