Newark Charter’s Greg Meece confirms to Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery told him early this morning the vote was postponed due to the ACLU’s letter about the proposed expansion. (Read the rest)
Looks like ACLU letter to Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery cc: Governor Markell and State Board of Education was a game changer!
So what’s the game plan now? Governor Markell spread some of his special love around to some influential minority leaders who will redirect the ACLU’s thinking? (Matthews, that’s cryptic for rolling brothers and sisters under the bus)
In defense of Newark Charter School, nothing in their application appeared to be illegal and surrounds around moral issues associated with Delaware charter school laws. Governor Markell raised concerns during the election bid for office that Delaware charter schools may have created re-segregation of Delaware school and raised the concern of skimming and creaming of students aka cherry picking. Here we are heading down to the last few month of Markell first term as governor and he hasn’t made good on his campaign promises to address these concerns. But rest assure he’ll work his political $$$ magic and next month the state board of education will give a yes vote.
This is what DE DOE told the News Journal this morning about Newark Charter’s school leader Mr. Meece conversation with the News Journal, “DOE spokeswoman Alison Kepner said she had no knowledge of any delay”. The board meeting started at 1 p.m. so we’ll have to wait until the official News Journal followup