The teacher-as-hero story has been discussed at length, as has the tension with the local charter providers (check out the Fordham Institute's commentary on this). But what hasn't been much discussed is the fundamental mismanagement on the part of the district that led to this fiasco.
Chester-Upland schools experienced a 20 percent enrollment drop between 2006 and 2010, yet staffing increased 25 percent and the budget by 33 percent.
Gone are the days when districts could count on states to bail them out. The short-term consequences of this are unfortunate but should serve as a wake-up call for other districts allowing such inefficiencies.