While the observed persistent demographic disparity is a reason for concern and calls for a strong response from the Delaware Department of Education, there are issues that have not been addressed that are relevant in the evaluation of Newark Charter, its current proposal for expansion and DOE’s charter school policy.
Newark Charter is a publicly funded school, and its impact should be evaluated according to specific public policy criteria that evaluate its contribution to the goals of the public education system. A public policy should be evaluated under two criteria: equity (does it redistribute resources fairly?) and efficiency (can we achieve a better outcome at the same cost?).
We’re back to the same concern, the problem is with the charter school law not Newark Charter School. If we don’t stop NOW changes in the law down the road will “severely” impact existing charter schools. Mr. Soares has valid points but if it is an attempt to stop NCS approval it’s misguided.
Governor Markell (tell him Brian) you sit on your ass as the foundation of traditional public schools are being undermined. But as they fall charter schools with selective admission and questionable lottery processes will bring unwanted changes to all charter schools that will burden their financial stability. Its shameful that you as governor work in the shadows in favor of certain charter schools rather than address the obvious concerns. DSEA will endorse you rather than take a no recommendation position. But they’ll do so fearing your political power that will punish them. I was there when your little puppets disrespected the Red Clay school board who are elected officials and the Red Clay public during the Race to The Top MOU board vote. Your puppets gave them a choice of an offer they couldn’t refused. You sold that vote as everyone one board!
As required by law, a lottery system was established to deal with the excess demand faced by Newark Charter. But a lottery generates inequities randomly. This is not desirable nor acceptable, as the process for allocating public resources should not be a source of inequality.
Prove it !
The persistent excess demand for Newark Charter services results from a poorly planned education policy that does not meet the needs of the community, and expanding the benefits of those selected through the lottery process is unequivocally not a solution to the existing problems. The focus of Newark Charter and DOE should be to extend the quality education provided by Newark Charter to the currently excluded students.