Dontdestroychristina blogger posted an E-mail from Senator Sokola asking Mr. Meece of Newark Charter School to respond to a letter sent by a Ms. Hoffman raising concerns about NCS desire to expand. It appears Mr. Meece made an error in noting Bank of Delaware donated the downtown Wilmington building. The fact is it was Bank of America but no big deal on the error even people with PhDs are entitled to mistakes. However, how does Mr, Meece know their will be 4 charter schools housed in that building? Furthermore, what impact will there be with major fleet of school buses converging on that location each morning and afternoon? Where will these children go during recesses to get “fresh air”? Does the City of Wilmington have to issue a permit for a school of such. How many students are we talking about in this one location? It’s going to be insane when the building has to hold fire-drills. OK let’s forget all that! Who can tell me the names of the four charter schools that will be housed at this location?
“Recently, the Bank of Delaware donated a building in the City of Wilmington that will house four new charter schools. It is likely that at least one of them will be a high school.”
OMG this letter gets better!
Mrs. Hoffman states that “Choice is no choice if the seats are all taken. The ironycontinues since Newark Charter School’s expansion plan (which she opposes) wouldopen up 260 new seats for children in grades K-4 in the first year. While charter schools are trying to open and to expand in Delaware, special interest groups continue to thwartour efforts.
I agree with Meece, “Choice is no choice if the seats are all taken”. So why does Governor Markell boast about how Delaware students can pick their schools? “Special Interest groups”? spit it out, DSEA ! But how fucked up is that! Those who support charters like Innovative Schools, The Longwood Foundation, Rodel and the business roundtable are special interest too. I wouldn’t put it pass Meece to hand pick his successor as part of NCS board policies! ;). OK, DSEA supports ensuring professional teachers earn a decent pay and benefits and sure let’s just say they protect inferior teachers ( relax Bacon Boy just being sarcastic). But the business roundtable forced DSTP on Delaware students and parents and even Markell said it was a failure / bad test. Why didn’t those special interest folks get fired? No, they just come back supporting another wrongheaded plan called Race to The Top and Common Core Standards. Make note DSTP rolled out Spring of 1998 and NCLB come into existence 2001. Can’t say NCLB forced DSTP.
Finally, Mrs. Hoffman repeats one of the biggest misconceptions of all that charter schools deprive districts of funds. “You are taking resources from someone else,” she writes. “In Christina, those resources are finite. Public funds shifted to a charter school takes money out of the hands of children who need it most.
Can anyone tell me once the mega-charter building is deemed (public) educational making it exempt from paying school property taxes how much tax revenue will taken from Christina School District? So the tax revenue CSD receives from that building is part of their per local share student funds and now CSD has to transfer per student funds to these four charter schools (for students living within CSD) CSD is getting screwed!
I support charter schools, Choice schools , magnet schools and traditional school but I do question the laws that governs them. Seems to me, the biggest special interest groups are the paid executives of these so-called nonprofits and their Wall Street bedfellows. The reason they are called nonprofits is because they spend or divvy up revenues to avoid showing a profit.
It just amazing me, those of us who question the direction of public education, the intrusion of the federal government in local education control issues, Markell dropping to his knees down in D.C., a state department of education owned by Markell, a state board of education owned by Markell and state legislators who grabs their ankles every time Markll walks by them makes us not for children. Yet the Wall Street bedfellows and nonprofits that suck funding from out of public and charter school classrooms are for the kids!
I am here to telling , once the teacher unions are busted these same folks will come after prevailing waging forcing America into a two-class system. It’s not about the kids, it about power and corporate America wants it all!
Kilroy had to cash in some political chips to get this information. Jack Markell has made a first class mess of the Delaware Department of Education. If it wasn’t for a few DOE mice there would be total darkness.
Attached is Delaware DOE Charter Committee reports and minutes re: Newark Charter School. Preliminary Report February 1, 2012, Committee Meeting Minutes January 20, 2012, Final Report and Recommendations February 21, 2012 and Committee Meeting January 20, 2012. Might take a few minute for file to load. click view full screen to read better.