After last month’s Delaware State Board of Education meeting WOW! DE State Board of Ed raises concerns with charter school performance reports and some inside feedback I am getting there might just be a moratorium on Delaware charter schools.
Perhaps the all the media attention brought on by the Newark Charter expansion request fueled by the school leaders foolish editorial to the News Journal raised some overall concerns with charter school approval and oversight process.
But relax Newark Charter folks, you’re request for expansion is safe. I think the Delaware State Board of Education is closing the pipeline for new charter school application. The renewal process for existing charter is safe but may required serious performance reports by the Delaware Department of Education.
Though everybody signed on to Race to The Top even DSEA, it doesn’t mean the charter school provision within get’s a free ride past the Delaware State Board of Education whose members are direct political appointees of the governor. I think it is about time state board members show some courage to ensure Delaware approve proven successful charter school model that aren’t restrictive and provides equal opportunities for all interested students. If rumors are true that Markell is engaging in private conversations about charter schools, I find it concerning. Markell personally made a mess of Moyer charter school with his desire to flex his muscles proving he can close low performing charter schools> In Moyer’s case, Markell called in his Wall Street K12.inc, buddies. K12.inc failed and Moyer starting next school year is under a new charter but with K12.inc. as a service provider. K12.inc now get’s the money and don’t have to worry being called a failure.
It’s time for the Delaware State Board of Education members to stepup in the name of public education, morals and ethics. I am not saying to ban new charter schools but to make sure the Delaware Department of Education follows the law in proper support and oversight.
Many in the public has loss confidence in the Delaware Department of Education and see that department as a bunch of people walking around on their knees please Governor Markell. DE DOE can’t function on it’s own without Markell’s approval for every action.
If we are to have charter schools, let’s have ones with proven models, not duplicating services provided by traditional schools and charters that aren’t restrictive in preferences. The Delaware State Board of Education to this point has been nothing put Markell political puppet with heads full of sawdust. Leadership that is responsible for Delaware public schools is “fractured”. We need to take the appointment of state board members out of the governors hand and put in legislative appointment with a hearing process and perhaps making those position full pay. Let the governor appoint his secretary of education but at least required the Department of Education answer to the people!
The failure of the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware State Board of Education can undermine and damaged existing charter schools. It’s unfortunate Newark Charter School’s expansion application sparked so much controversy but it did. And now concerns with charters in general go far beyond the NCS debate. A school being built without a full service cafeteria is a major red flag! Parents of public schools as charter are should have no say or vote in such a decision as that decision impact future parents and students. Yea we can debate no capital funding but we’ll never see capital funding if charters don’t act like public schools. But for Newark he cafeteria issue has been resolved. But honestly, it was the Delaware Department of Education that lack capacity and forward thinking, And because of the naysayers if you want to call them that, you can be lunch and cafeterias will be a critical part of future charter school application and the ones in the current approval process are making modiifications.
Put this way, the Delaware charter school train is running so fast it’s breaks will failed and cause a major charter school train-wreck. Now with Mary Poppins leader the charter school charge she’ll push the charter school throttle so hard it will bring radical changes to all charter schools. Parents current riding the train can’t see what’s down the track but if they don’t wake-up and at least be more objective about naysayers’ concerns it’s their train the might be part of the major wreck. As far as CSD competing with NCS, Glasgow isn’t the answers because DE DOE is in there pulling puppet strings and undermining the CSD school board. Lowery goes to Washington yapping about how she put CSD board in their place doesn’t do a damn thing to improve Delaware’s public school reform. The reality is, it’s the Delaware Department of Education that needs the reform.
Charter schools are here to stay and I support student and parents right to make that choice. Charter schools like traditional public schools belong to everybody and shouldn’t be high-jacked for those who only care about their children.
I urge the state legislators to start to think about how to build a firewall between public education and a system of political appointees. Let the Delaware State Board of Education represent the people not the governor! We need that firewall!
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