WTF ???????? Red Clay Community “Financial Review” Committee voted YES for the Referendum

The Committee reviewed the proposed Referendum and discussed at length. Several suggestions were made for clarifying information in the presentation and the question was raised on the potential impact of changing it from $.25/.05/05 to $.20/.10/05. The impact of this is losing $2.5 million in the first year of funding which results in slowing the implementation of technology initiatives from FY16 to FY17.

The Committee voted 7 in favor and one abstention to recommend the Referendum proposal as presented to the Board of Education. For the abstention, Bill Doolittle expressed concerns over the length of the referendum being three years as opposed to a longer window such as spreading it over five. He expressed concern that the shorter time frame results in more drastic swings in tax rates and does not allow for enough years in between referenda to allow consideration for capital projects. The Committee will collectively prepare a support statement to be made to the Board of Education at the October meeting. 

Red Clay Priority Schools Timeline appears to be missing a board vote!

Priority Schools – Timeline

September 4: Announcement of Priority Schools and MOU is provided to districts

September 8: School Turnaround Guide is provided to districts

September 12: Support Meeting #1 (focus on overview of the plan requirements)

September 26: Support Meeting #2 (focus on technical assistance and further questions
that may arise) 

September 30: Signed MOU is due

October 6: Submission Window #1 (Districts may submit drafts of their school plans on the date listed in each submission window. The State will provide feedback on a first-come, first served basis

October 20: Submission Window #2 

November 3: Submission Window #3
November 17: Submission Window #4

December 1: Submission Window #5 

December 15: Submission Window #6 

December 31: Final deadline for School Plans

January 9: Public Announcement of Plan and School Status

Red Clay Inclusion plan back on the front burner!

Tonight’s presentation

2014-09-17_Transitioning to Inclusion_v1 1.pdf (202 KB)

Transitioning to Inclusion_v2 0.pdf (640 KB)

Transitioning to Inclusion_Appendix.pdf (2,265 KB)

NJ reports on DE DOE pulling Moyer off State Board Action Item

Update !!! Here is the meeting transcripts for September 10, 2013 review meeting. October’s State Board meeting is the 9th. I see nothing in this transcript. I read noting in this transcript that indicates Moyer addressed any of the concerns!  

Decision on closing Moyer postponed By Matthew Albright, The News Journal1:49 p.m. EDT September 17, 2014

The state’s decision on whether it will close the Maurice J. Moyer Academic Institute charter school has been postponed because of a procedural delay, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

A transcript of the public hearing, in which school supporters and other community members were invited to give their thoughts, was not prepared in time for Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and the State Board of Education to consider it, spokeswoman Alison May said.

The decision will happen at the next state board meeting, scheduled for Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Townsend Building in Dover.

The Department of Education’s Charter School Accountability Committee has recommended Moyer be closed, citing low test scores and problems with discipline, attendance, curriculum and inadequate special-needs services.

Bullshit re: Public Hearing Transcript! I read it a month ago Public Hearing TranscriptAugust 5, 2014 (meeting date)

Folks I posted this on August 22, 2014 Moyer charter school parents and staff turns back on school leaders! No show at Formal Review public meeting! Posted on by kilroysdelaware 

( same transcript )


Breaking News! Delaware State School Board remove action items re: Moyer from agenda @Washingtonpost @huffingtonpost #edude #netde #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc @usedgov @arneduncan @educationOIG @destateboarded

V. C. 3. REMOVED from Action 9/16/14 – Formal Review: Moyer Academic Institute – For Action

Also see:

Delaware Department of Ed hands Moyer Spec Ed parent undisputed evidents to support a $$$ class-action lawsuit @Washingtonpost @huffingtonpost #edude #netde #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc @usedgov @arneduncan @educationOIG @destateboarded Posted on by kilroysdelaware


Ouch !!!!!!!! U of D report on Moyer charter school is like a box of coffin nails Posted on by kilroysdelaware

Word has it DE DOE dropped the ball and didn’t realize the legal ramification on various reports favorable to a “possible” class-action $$$ lawsuit parent Spec Ed lawsuit Moyer Parents vs Moyer / DE DOE.   Hey Esquire “yep” per your sidebar e-mail.  

OMG! Looks like DE DOE is bitch-slapping most of Delaware’s charter schools, some more than other!

State Board of Education – Regular Monthly Meeting 9/18/2014 – 1:00 PM

Cabinet Room Townsend Building

401 Federal Street Dover, DE

V. C. 2. Presentation of Performance Framework Reports (Academic and Organizational)

Supporting Documents

Ouch !!!!!!!! U of D report on Moyer charter school is like a box of coffin nails

Sorry Nancy, I had to take it down to secure file for those parents who may want to seek class-action lawsuit. 

Delaware Department of Ed hands Moyer Spec Ed parent undisputed evidents to support a $$$ class-action lawsuit @Washingtonpost @huffingtonpost #edude #netde #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc @usedgov @arneduncan @educationOIG @destateboarded

Dear Dr. Curry:
Please be advised that, for the reasons set forth below and with the assent of the State Board of Education, the Department of Education has placed the Maurice J. Moyer Academic Institute charter school on Formal Review, pursuant to 14 Delaware Code § 515(b), to determine whether the school is violating the following terms of its charter and the law, and, if so, whether to order remedial measures:

Appropriate Strategies to Accommodate the Needs of At-Risk Students and Those Needing Special Education
Services (pursuant to 14 Delaware Code § 512(7))
 Monitoring visits by the Department of Education determined that as of January 8, 2104, nearly all Individualized
Education Plans (IEPs) did not meet federal and state legal requirements. The deadline for corrective action was extended twice, but the requirements were still not met. Follow-up monitoring visits by the Department of
Education determined that as of June 2, 2014, almost half of the IEPs previously identified as non-compliant had not been sufficiently corrected.
 Monitoring visits by the Department of Education found violations of state and federal law with respect to procedural safeguards, eligibility determination, secondary transition, and students being served in the least restrictive environment.
 Monitoring visits by the Department of Education determined that the school did not have sufficient staff capacity to serve students with special needs effectively. As of the end of the 2013-14 school year, Maurice J. Moyer Academic Institute employed only a part-time Special Education director and 4 paraprofessionals.
 Monitoring visits by the Department of Education found violations of Response to Intervention (RTI) regulations.
 Monitoring visits by the Department of Education determined that staff members did not fully understand RTI regulations.

When I grow up I want to work for Delaware Department of Education ;)

Enrollment Task Force meets tonight

Enrollment Task Force meets tonight! Should charter school, magnet school and Choice school application be the same and with no “Specific Interest” preference?


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