Philadelphia severs ties with troubled company that ran alternative high school

Aug. 24, 2012
Delaware Valley High School has laid off teachers and staff, and records have been subpoenaed

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: The Philadelphia School District has severed ties with a for-profit alternative education company that had served city students for nearly a decade. Delaware Valley High School, which laid off its staff in July, will no longer run the city disciplinary school and program for at-risk students, district officials say. Delaware Valley's records have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, and last month the organization laid off 50 teachers and administrative staffers. Those staffers say they are owed back pay for work performed during the 2011-12 school year.

JULY 2012....from The Philadelphia Inquirer: Without warning, Delaware Valley High School - a for-profit education firm whose records have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury - has laid off all 50 teaching and administrative employees at the four alternative schools it operates in the Philadelphia area. Staffers say lawyer David T. Shulick, whose company operates the schools, owes them each thousands of dollars for work during the 2011-12 year. They had been expecting back pay last week but got furlough notices instead. Federal authorities are investigating whether political influence helped Delaware Valley obtain contracts.

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