Delaware schools: Checkered past goes unchecked: Multiple bankruptcies, child abuse conviction all part of charter school founder’s record. Written by NICHOLE DOBO
The state Department of Education allowed Anthony White to open Delaware’s first all-girls charter school in Claymont in 2010, even though he is a convicted child abuser, has declared bankruptcy at least eight times and has several aliases known to law enforcement.
The approval process that gave White access to $2 million in taxpayer money never required him to disclose his credentials or criminal history.
Dear Governor Jack Markell:
Accountability starts at the top and either you step-down or clean house at the Delaware Department of Education and then stay the fuck out of running the Delaware Department of Education.
Jack you have an obligation to keep Reach Academy for Girls open and provide financial and technical support to get in on sound footing. Why punish children because the adults you handpicked to run the Delaware Department of Education fucked up! YOU OWE THESE CHILDREN! Also, while you are at it give Pencader probation and the same technical support. The Delaware Charter School Review Committee circus tent needs to come down.
“One of the most important things we do as a state is to educate our young folks and the public expects us to do that in a safe environment,” said state Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery. “It is the responsibility of state — and state officials — to make sure that those to whom we are entrusting our children to the best of our ability have been vetted appropriately.
Well Lil looks like you screwed up! Before we can do anything to protect children as you say, we need real leadership who is not controlled by their subordinates like you.
Gov. Jack Markell’s office said it is working on legislation that would require criminal background checks for those who found charter schools, along with financial-interest disclosures. But there are other things that can be done without legislation, such as verification of the academic and professional credentials for those who wish to open schools, Markell said.
Right Jack, like we trust your corrupt legislation! You supported HB 119 that required Citizen Budget Oversight Committees that could have help avoid the closure of Reach and Pencader. But your clones at DEDOE ignores the law you signed.
Delaware Code Title 14 , Chapter 15, Fiscal Provisions § 1508. Citizen oversight of district finances. ”Approved August 13, 2009″ by Governor Jack Markell
“Oversight committees shall have representation from parents, educators, and taxpayers residing in each of the public school districts, provided that in the case of charter schools membership on oversight committees shall consist of parents of students enrolled in the charter school, educators at the charter school, and representatives of the Delaware Department of Education.”
Jack ask Carwell who are the representatives of the Delaware Department of Education on Reach and Pencader’s oversight committee. Guess what num-nuts, there are no oversight committees at theses charter schools and pretty much all Delaware charter schools. So what fucking good are laws if the DEDEO refuses to follow?
Reach parents you need to stand now and demand concessions for the emotional stressed caused by DEDOE failure to protect your children and to follow the law that could have caught the financial wrong doing sooner.
“The parents of these kids that have been affected there have a right to be angry,” Markell said. “I am angry also, and I am committed to turning that anger into reforms that are going make it stronger going from here.”
Bullshit Jack! You’re only angry because of the damage this will do to your political aspirations. Man-up Jack and let these girls keep their school and make DEDOE be the so-called partner in education rather than Jack Markell’s Frankenstein led by your handed picked trolls. Hey Jack, I am here to tell you there were some folks dear to you who helped push Reach’s charter application. We’ll sit on that until we get closer to the 2012 election to maximize the political shock and awl effect. The best thing you can do for you and the right thing for Reach is, keep Reach open with technical support and “partnership” with” DEDOE. You can’t have an education circle of trust when DEDOE the one is to be the most trusted is out of the circle.
Family Court records show the state Department of Justice asked the Family Court to place White on the state’s child protection registry, citing sexual abuse allegations by his daughter. State prosecutors said they believed White was a threat to other children, according to court documents.
Holy shit ! United States Vice-President Joe Biden’s son Beau Delaware’s Attorney General knew about this?
In addition to not requesting a criminal background check, no one in the state Department of Education asked any of Reach’s founding board members for a detailed résumé.
Didn’t need them because a certain group of charter school organizers politically connect may have put a good word in! (wink)
That nonprofit, which paid White as a director, also helped to pay for parental-involvement events, TV spots and a radio show, “Parent to Parent,” that aired on WDEL, according to IRS filings. The parent group paid WDEL for air time and production support, said Pete Booker, president of Delmarva Broadcasting. The show ran for about four years, he said.
Rumor has it that organization fell apart because of reports of two checkbooks were being worked at once time. The left hand was doing one thing and the right hand another.
Parents and teachers made numerous complaints to the state Department of Education about Reach in the first few months it was open.
In the absence of information after the department’s questions about the school were made public, parent Jodi O’Ferrall began investigating.
Just think if the Delaware Department of Education followed the law that requires Citizen Budget Oversight Committees in all charter schools perhaps much of the financial damage done to Reach could have been avoided. Just think what Jodi would have been able to uncover sooner.
So the system failed the taxpayers, the legislators who wrote HB119, parents, Reach teachers and most of all little girls who wanted to experience a quality education is a safe environment. And now Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell gives the green-light to close Reach. Markell gives a new meaning to political pig.
Sorry folks for the profanity! But I am mad that parents and children’s lives are disruptive because of incompetency in the governor’s office and the Delaware Department of Education that was high-jacked by the governor whose service seems to be to the business round-table who want to re-engineer Delaware’s public education. No one at DEDOE will be held accountable and Markell will shovel more political bullshit.
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