SCOTLAND, Pa. -- With the Scotland School for Veterans Children still scheduled to close in June, the Pennsylvania Department of Education said a handful of the state's alternative schools are recruiting Scotland students.
However, one local lawmaker said the extensive waiting lists, high price tags and strict requirements for admission at those schools will force most of the Scotland students to return to failing or "persistently dangerous" public institutions.
Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland, criticized the Department of Education on Friday, calling its latest release of information "patently disingenuous."
On Thursday, the Department of Education said it "lauded the efforts of public and private schools" that are reaching out to recruit students from the Scotland School through open houses and extended application deadlines.
"The response of public and private schools serves as an example to us all that Pennsylvanians pull together to help during difficult times," Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak said. "To date, more than half of Scotland's 270 students have begun making plans to enroll in new schools next year, and fully half of those already have enrolled in their new schools."