“The State Board of Education’s decision to close the Moyer Academy was justified, principled and courageous. It acted in the best interest of the students’ academic needs and in Delaware’s long-term plans to have the best possible public school system for all students.”
The agenda for closing Moyer should have nothing to do with education outside the walls of Moyer. Jack Markell’s request for DOE to close Moyer was nothing more than making Moyer a sacrificial lamb to show Delaware can be tough on charter schools.
“The decision to close Moyer Academy was roundly criticized as unfair by Moyer’s leadership and many of the parents and students. The truth is that the decision was just the opposite. The state board acted only after repeated attempts to help the school to get on the right track”
How in the fuck did Jack Markell’s hand picked state board puppets help Moyer’s students by not requiring DOE to ensure these students be placed in schools with at least a Commendable rating? Closing a failing school and allowing students to return to failing schools does nothing to help them.
Moyer opened in 2006 and closed in 4 years with a federal school rating of Commendable. How many public meetings outside the state board meeting were held to address this issue? What communication went out in advance to parents of Moyer that there were problems and they as parents need to ask the school leader to correct or else the state would close Moyer?
I was surprised when students marched on the Carvel State Office Building during school hours to protest the decision to close their school. Obviously, the young people are emotionally attached to Moyer and wanted to vent those emotions.
If you were surprised perhaps it’s because you are clueless. Why wouldn’t they be emotional after all Markell took away their choice.
Markell is the biggest failure in this situation because his hand-picked puppets at DOE failed to show real leadership by communicating to parents and the community apparent Moyer deficiencies that could led to the school closing. Markell idea of transparency in government is crap! Markell did nothing to reach out to the local community leaders to warn them they need to engage.
Sure Moyer may have failed as a school but Markell has failed to establish leadership in DOE that can be proactive as a partner to address these needs. They should have raised the concerns with parents and community leaders in efforts to expose the facts. Markell should have called for town meeting with the Moyer community.
Jack Markell acknowledged serious concerns with charter schools such as “resegragation” and “skimming and creaming of students”. But yet Markell failed to address those concern as promised during his campaign. Markell is as bad as those charter schools that cherry pick students. Markell cherry picks the issue avoiding stepping on the white status quo’s feet. Jack Markell turns on the gas chambers for minority schools and keep the fresh air pumps going in the obvious racist schools. Markell had no exit plan for Moyer students other than sending them back to the schools the make a choice to leave.
It’s pretty sad the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce VP takes such a narrow view on the issues and wants to reward Jack Markell for his failure. Markell signed a death warrant forcing Moyer students back to failing schools from where they “choiced” out of. Is Markell requesting schools like Charter School of Wilmington to take in some of Moyer’s high schoolers ?
Perhaps the families and students of Moyer should boycott local businesses who are member of the state chamber of commerce.