Richard Milburn Academy (closed in summer 2000 after one year of operation)
Georgetown Charter School (closed in March 2002 during its first year of operation)
Marion T. Academy Charter School (closed 2008)
Maurice J Moyer Academy (charter revoked 2010 and DEDOE hired K12.Inc to assume responsibilities.
The Delaware Department of Education officially list one charter school re: “All Charter Schools That DDOE Closed Or Did Not Reauthorize to Operate and Reason” and that is Marion T. (See here)
School Accountability Rating Summary 2010
Charter School Breakdown
Academic Review 5
Academic Progress 2
Academic Watch 4
* Includes Moyer
Total 18 active charter schools with 61% not meeting standards. However, factoring in the three charter schools that were closed, the total number of approved charter schools would be 21. Therefore, the reality is 67% of all approved charted schools failed to meet the standards.
I am curious as to why Governor Markell wants to sweep Georgetown and Milburn under the carpet as if they never existed?
Governor Markell pushes data driven education but seems to like skewing the data to his advantage. United States Secretary of Education claims we’re lying to parents and students about the condition of education but yet Delaware Governor the first to win the Race to The Top fund can’t be honest with the taxpayers.
Charter schools are a great concept and I support parents and students who make charter school their option. As we see with Reach and Pencader charter schools Delaware Department of Education lacks the capacity in being an effective “partner” with charter schools. Sure DEDOE must perform oversight duties but if it had the capacity to be partners assisting charter schools in effective financial management perhaps charters school especially new charter schools wouldn’t be struggling financially. House Bill 119 was to bring finances out in the open. However, with DEDOE be too preoccupied with Race to The Top, PZ Plan, DCAS, DPASll and kissing Arne Duncan’s ass perhaps they would have that capacity. HB 119 is a total failure and the legislators who supported it needs to take time and visit every district and charter school website to see compliance or lack off. DEDOE isn’t even capable of doing that.
Charter schools fail and struggle because the Delaware Department of Education fails to provide adequate support and intervention often comes too late. Allowing various charter school models that are nothing more than unproven experiments to cycle through trial and errors isn’t healthy for education. Arne Duncan only wants “great” charter schools and supports closing failing charter schools. However, he nor Delaware Department of Education have put together a safety-net (legislation or policy) that looks after the interest of those students impacted by a closed charter school. It’s like too fucking bad ( sorry Rick for the grammar but just want to share to pain) these students are forced back to failing public schools. Talk about a social injustice! DEDOE approves charter schools and one would think that process is sound. How in the F is it possible a charter school could open one year and order closed the next or even the same year?
The Delaware Department of Education needs to get off the authoritarian trip and move toward a hands on support agency. Delaware Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery is a very knowledgeable, kind and warm person and it’s unfortunate she cannot function as the Delaware Secretary of Education without political puppet strings. Also, we have the Delaware State Board of Education that it’s members are appointed by the Governor’s approval and serves like the secretary, at his pleasure. Delaware education is driven by politics with outside interference of business roundtables.
It’s time for the state legislators to step up and demand that DEDOE be required to find placement for students who will be impacted by charter schools ordered closed and that placement must be a charter school or traditional public school rated “Commendable” or “Superior” with transportation accommodation OR a school voucher to attend a private school of their choice equaling the average Delaware per student cost. Student are not lab rats that must endure emotion pain because adults can’t run charter schools or the Delaware Department of Education doesn’t have the capacity to be effective partners.
Delaware public education needs effective financial transparency and effective transparency of school governance. DEDOE is resisting an effort to move Delaware State Board of Education meeting from 1:30 P.M. at the cabinet room to 7 P.M. at a local Dover schools. Apparently this will cause a hardship on DEDOE employees and their consultants. These folks are so disconnect and just live in their own fart-bubble. What about the undo hardship the Delaware Department of Education is causing students and parents with a dog chasing it’s tale reform plan?
Legislator PLEASE delivery us real transparency of school finances and school governance that includes the Delaware Department of Education. We can no longer standby and allow the people to be subservient to those that are the public servant in accordance with Delaware and United States Constitution.