Written by WADE MALCOLM and NICHOLE DOBO The News Journal
“There’s no way I could do my due diligence,” Lowery said, given the short amount of time she had to review the “inordinate” amount of feedback and concerns.
“We want to carefully consider everything. We don’t want to approve something and then have to pull it back late,” she said
Many people for get or just don’t understand the DOE charter review committee’s job is to review the charter school application, hold the meeting including the public meeting, vote on their findings and present their “recommendation” to the secretary of education who in-turns reviews all material including public input and them make her recommendation to the state board of education. It the state board of education who makes the final vote to approve charter school application or other action. The system worked here but the reformist who are so use to controlling the game aren’t use to hearing wait, hold on or even no!
“It’s about my kids. It is now political, and I don’t know how it got that way,” she said.
The parent who said this is right on about concerns with her children. However. the charter school reform movement was driven by politics and the law is so skewed even those who seeded the charter agenda knew a day will come to serious question the law. Didn’t matter to them back then because their kids needs were met to circumvent desegregation. Today’s charter parents who weren’t part of the agenda see charter schools as quality education for their children but we’re setup by those who allowed a skewed charter law.
Lowery said the letter will not be used in her decision, but information and public comments submitted before the deadline raised similar concerns.
And see is 100% correct! Even Governor Markell has concerns with resegregation and skiming and creaming of students as he phrases it.
“It’s an excellent school,” said Lowery. “Since they are doing such excellent work, who wouldn’t want their child to go there?”
And she is 100% being honest! Newark Charter School isn’t going anywhere. The problems will be resolved.
Meece has said part of the school’s effort to expand includes adding a free- and reduced-lunch program.
Get approval and then trust that it will be added?
Meece said he then emailed supporters, but the general public was not told about the delay.
During the board meeting, department spokeswoman Alison Kepner said she did not know about Lowery’s plan to delay the vote and that the secretary had already informed some people.
I guess Lowery wanted to allow Meece to break the news to parents rather than information going out on speed-dial to the News Journal. But Lowery could have waited 30 minutes and then tell the PIO.
Meece was unhappy with the delay and that the added time would allow the controversy to continue.
“It’s not doing anybody any good,” he said.
Might to those getting fucked by a flawed charter school law some good. His statement shows a concerning disconnect to equitable education for all children. Doesn’t he realize charter schools do have an impact all public education that damages existing public schools. Trashing Christina is fine however some of the school rated poor do have students exceeding the standards and great teachers. Kicking the foundation out from under them does help fix the problems. Seem like everyday Race to The Top is a big scam that first thought. Charter organizers seem to know Race to The Top is destine to fail and their is no need to slow the charter train.
Brian Selander, a spokesman for Gov. Jack Markell, said the governor and Lowery talked prior to the meeting, and he supported the delay.