As I was looking around re: last post on Bayard Middle School, I notice something odd about Bayard’s enrollment.
2010-2011 enrollment 598
2011-2012 enrollment 526
2012-2013 enrollment 473
In 2006-2007 Bayard’s enrollment was 1.118
I don’t know what is causing the drop in enrollment and suspect a charter school impact. However, Bayard is a prime candidate for a grade 6-12 all Choice magnet school with preserving first Choice to current feeder pattern students. The city of Wilmington education conversation is boiling and sooner or later it needs to be addressed. The cost factor to operate Bayard at 473 re: heat, utilities and maintenance is a concern! Called it the Pencader effect! If the numbers go any lower CSD may be forced to close the building which will hand it to a charter and that will further damage CSD $$.
It was just brought to my attention that 6 Bayard teachers were sent home last Friday to change out of their jeans and return to school. Fact or Fiction ?
Bayard does have a student dress code and one would assume teachers do have some type of dress code. Anybody know the dress code for teachers re: jean or not?
All the legal and technical stuff for the 147 the General Assembly has been passed by the senate and house!
I am confident we will see new legislation enhancing public school transparency and accountability.
The Race to The Top train funding is gearing down and our legislators need to step up and help return local control back to the taxpayers and community. Give the people more tools to be watchdogs over an education agenda that has drifted to far and towards Wall Street. Capital funding for charter schools is working it’s way to Dover. Any Capital funding without public ownership is a major concern! Vouchers or some sort of scholarships might be another issues coming. Publius coined a new phrase, “expression of choice” and vouchers adds to that expression of choice!
So good luck to all of Delaware legislators and please give us more tools to hold our traditional public and charter schools accountable.
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty”. Thomas Jefferson