Debate over charter schools touches nerves at meeting Written by DOUG DENISON The News Journal
DOVER – People on both sides of the ongoing debate about the role and governance of charter schools met Tuesday night to air their opinions before lawmakers eyeing reform.
Rep. Terry Schooley, who chairs the committee, laid strict ground rules for public testimony, but emotions ran high in discussing what one charter school administrator termed a “civil war” in Delaware’s education community.
Rep Schooley needs to step-down as Chair if the Delaware House Education Committee. The forum for this debate shouldn’t be at the hands of one of Governor Markell’s puppets who wants to stifle the truth!
“Charter schools do serve special-education students in numbers comparable to local districts. Charter schools do serve English-language learners. … Charter schools are a bargain for the amount of money they receive,” said Esther Jackson, dean of instruction at Newark Charter School
I cannot believe these administrators at Newark Charter School! Meece give it one black-eye and Ms. Jackson gives it another. Wasn’t Newark Charter given a tongue-lashing over school diversity by the Delaware Secretary of Education ? The only charter school required to formulate a diversity plan! Christina School District serves Special Ed population of 14.8% and Newark Charter 5.9% and Low income 59.8% for Christina and 15.8%. Wouldn’t it of made sense for Newark Charter School administration and staff to stay out of this debate? A bargain re: money?? But yet cry we can’t meet the needs because we don’t get equal funding? Sorry Newark Charter Parent , I know you’ve been through enough but come on, your administrators just don’t know when to stop!
“I think it’s time we look at reform for the Delaware charter school law,” said Audrey Erschen, principal of Providence Creek Academy in Clayton. “What started as an experiment is now 10,000 students strong.”
Wow even a charter school calling for reforming the Delaware charter school law! Why doesn’t Rep Schooley get this? Everybody including Governor Markell knows the law needs to be changes! Markell raised concerns about resegregation and, skimming and cream of students. Or was that just campaign talk.
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