Two reasons stand out. First, in a blatant violation of state law that the Department of Education has shockingly failed to enforce, Newark Charter fails to offer federal free and reduced price lunches. The reason the school offers for this failure is that it lacks a cafeteria. Why doesn’t the school include a cafeteria? Could the reason be that the leadership knew that by failing to build a cafeteria, they would then avoid the federal free and reduced price lunch program, which would automatically reduce the number of low-income students?
Nothing is the law requires any charter school to accommodate Free and Reduced Lunch students! However, I tend to believe Desmond Kahn on this point.
Second, the school gives a strong preference in its admission process to those who live within a five-mile radius. This obviously excludes low-income areas in the Christina District in Wilmington and Bear. The combined effect of these two facts skews the income level of Newark Charter students away from levels representative of the Christina District, or even of the greater Newark area.
The same argument can be made in regards to Red Clay’s feeder-pattern for North Star, Linden Hill and Brandywine Springs. Also, you bet on the new Graves Road school or whatever Red Clay calls will mirror the other school in affluent selective feeder-patterns.
Gov. Markell should stand by statements he made during his campaign in opposition to the privatization of public education.
Don’t hold your breath! Markell sold his morals to the business round-table school reformist. Markell sold Delaware public and charter schools to Washington for $119 million dollars which equals on-tenth the state’s education budget.
I am still being told as recently as today that NCS request for expansion is a done deal.
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