Daily Archives: January 2, 2010

10 new charter schools in the pipeline for DE ?

JJ1234 says,  “As of Monday 10 groups may have submitted charter applications. 5 already have.”

JJ1234 whoever he are she may be seems to be on the money in the past.

Here are the charter schools approved  and opening in August 2010

Delaware Academy of Public Safety and SecurityTemporary Address:
c/o The Delaware Academy
100 West 10th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Contact:  Will Robinson
(302) 656-4737 (temporary phone number)
onquil@aol.com (temporary)

Scheduled to open in August 2010.  Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security was established to provide an optimal setting for at-risk and typical students in a college preparatory academic program with a career academy model focusing on public safety and security industry.  The school’s approved enrollment for the first year is 200 students in grade 9 and expand to 800 students in grades 9-12 by the fourth year of operation.  The school’s charter has been approved by the Delaware Department of Education and the State Board of Education.

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Las Americas Aspira Academy

Temporary Address:
c/o ISDC
100 West Tenth Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Contact: Margaret Lopez Waite
(302) 562-7283 (temporary phone number)
mlopezwaite@aspirade.org

Scheduled to open in August 2010.  Las Americas Aspira Academy was established to provide students a world class education that prepares students through a dual-language project based learning curriculum.  The school’s approved enrollment for the first year is 360 students in grades K-1 and grade 5 and expand to 960 students in grades K-8 by the fourth year of operation.  The school’s charter has been approved by the Delaware Department of Education and the State Board of Education.

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Reach Academy for Girls

Temporary Address:
P.O. Box 229
Wilmington, DE 19899

Contact:  Edith Moyer
(302) 777-4645 (temporary phone number)

Scheduled to open in August 2010.  Reach Academy for Girls was established to provide a rigourous curriculum based on scientifically based researched strategies to girls to support their efforts in reaching their highest potential to become leaders in their family, school, and community.  The school’s approved enrollment for the first year is 252 students in grades K-1 and 5-6 and expand to 475 students in grades K-8 by the fourth year of operation.  The school’s charter has been approved by the Delaware Department of Education and the State Board of Education.

Looking back on Jack

Did Jack Markell say charter school segregation and skimming of students? Markell really knows what to say to get elected but apparently had no intentions of following through.

Jack thinks Race to The Top is his ticket to Washington, DC.

New censorship of Delaware high school books?

Formal Public Comment on Action Items
 

 “It was indicated that this was the time the Board set aside for formal public comment. President Gray noted that one individual requested to address the State Board.”

“Cheryl Precourt spoke to the members of the State Board about the content in books students are allowed to choose as their literature choice books. She has expressed her concerns at the district level and wanted to reiterate her concerns about the language in some of the books available to students in grades 9 and 10. Ms. Precourt agreed that students should be able to make their own reading selections, but felt that some books should be available only to students in the upper grades. She stated that she has received support from other parents and the community about this issue and believes that if the community believes that certain book selections are not appropriate for 9th and 10th grade, then those choices should be removed. She distributed a listing of books and the inappropriate language in them. Ms. Precourt thanked the Board for their time.”

 State Board of Education “Highlights” newsletter November 19, 2009 ;

“Ms. Cheryl Precourt addressed the Board regarding the novel Whales Tales that is being used in a Delaware high school with students in grades nine and ten. She expressed concern about the content and language in the book and about the process for having instructional materials reviewed at both the district and state level. She found the process difficult to navigate.”

We hear all about the partnership in public education that should include all stakeholders one would think sharing of detailed information would be part of it.  I know from going to Red Clay’s board meetings there are great discussions and comments made by the board and public. However, board minutes often reflect brief comments as to the topic discuss and not contents of that topic. I’ve commented to the board and members about providing digital recordings on the internet and apparently the board is not interested in proving the truth. Either record it in a way to share with the public or provide full transcripts of meetings. 

I honestly think it’s time we require school board meetings and state board of education meetings be recorder and made available online. Board minutes are public documents and public records. A brief summary of comments does not give the public full information. I know local school board meetings are “tape” and surely the state board’s are. Why not switch to digital records and just up load sound file to websites?

With limited information lacking in the state board minutes, the concerns with inappropriate language associated within the text of literature  within our public high schools is puzzling. It appears the person commenting felt the books in question weren’t suited for 9 and 10 grade students but “felt that some books should be available only to students to upper grades.” So I gather these books aren’t totally obscene but questionable to the age appropriate level. I am not questioning the integrity of the lady raising the concerns and I am not familiar with the one book in question. My question and concern is more associated with are these books appropriate to be in our schools? If so, I don’t see censorship applying to 9th and 10th grade students and not 11th and 12th. 

local taxpayers foot 91% of new student assesment cost

November 19, 2009; Delaware State Board of Education meeting

  “The Board expressed concerns about complete funding for the state’s new assessment as well as any technology infrastructure upgrades that may be required. The Board was assured that the assessment would be funded. Dr. Lowery pointed out that 90% to 91% of the education budget is funding that is passed on to districts and charter schools.”

 When are all these Delaware underfunded and unfunded education mandates going to end? The local taxpayers need to rise up and say no more! It’s time all proposed public school legislation have funding sources notated within the text of the legislation prior to any legislative vote.