East Allegheny refuses Duquesne pupils

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The East Allegheny school board on Monday night refused to accept kindergarten through sixth grade students from Duquesne School District.

Paul B. Long, who was appointed by the state Department of Education to come up with a plan for financially distressed Duquesne, had asked East Allegheny and 10 other districts to accept students in grades K-6 to help with the Duquesne district's recovery plan.

In the resolution the East Allegheny school board passed Monday, directors said the district already took in grade seven through 12 students from Duquesne without being given enough money to cover the cost of educating them.

The resolution also said the district doesn't have the space or staff to take additional students from Duquesne, and is not in a financial position to do so.

Toni Valicenti, district business manager, said after the meeting that the Pennsylvania Department of Education estimated the cost to educate an elementary school student in East Allegheny is $9,858. Mr. Long has proposed giving school districts $8,000 per year for each Duquesne elementary student.

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Anne Cloonan, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com


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