Upper Darby's turn on the chopping block


Another night, another Delaware County school district rolling out depressing budget news.

Last night it was Upper Darby’s turn.

School officials indicated that 47 people likely will lose their jobs as the district looks to dig out of a $13.4 million deficit.

You can read the full story here.

This is happening in town after town. We’ve already detailed the crisis in Chichester and William Penn.

In each district, the saga is the same: Job cuts, reductions in programs, tax hikes.

Among the items on the chopping block in Upper Darby, in addition to the job cuts, are physical education for 11th and 12th grade students.

It’s not a pretty picture.

And if it hasn’t gotten to your town yet, it probably will. It’s school budget season. And this year, the numbers are especially stark. The state is facing a gaping $4 billion budget deficit. Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing steep cuts in education funding. Coupled with the loss of federal funds, it is creating the perfect storm for local school districts.

School of hard knocks? Yeah, you could say that.