Daily Archives: January 13, 2013

Why is DE DOE reaching out to Moyer and not Pencader? #netDE

Personally, I feel Pencader is a complete operational failure with the new board refusing to publish financial positioning reports and FY 2012-2013 budget. At this point I support the Delaware Department of Education’s call for closure. However, back to my transparency mission. The Maurice J. Moyer Academy isn’t providing the same data I am requesting of Pencader and their online information is a train-wreck. No listing of board meeting dates, agendas and minutes. One monthly financial report from May 2012. Sure Moyer reorganized once again after Governor Markell sent in K12.Inc a Wall Street for profit organization to run the school. Moyer does need some time to get their footing. Damn let’s be fair, doesn’t Pencader need the same time? If Pencader Frank is as sharp as he claims, he would use this in the defense of Pencader. These two schools are an equal train-wreck. I thought the plan was to let the strongest charter schools thrive and the weakest be purged? 

Here is what gets me, the  New Maurice J. Moyer Academy is a DE DOE Focus School that will be getting DE DOE financial aid and technical assistance from DE DOE. The New Maurice J. Moyer charter school is the only charter school in Delaware listed as a Focus School.

So we’re down to this, why is DE DOE kicking Pencader in the balls with calls of closure and giving The New Maurice J. Moyer Academy a loving $$$ hand back to their feet? Moyer has the same student recruitment problem as Pencader! Obviously the same weak governance that doesn’t seem too concern with transparency. So why DE DOE’s loving intervention in one and not the other?

Folks, I am no flip-flopping! The issue “is” transparency for me and obvious if that information is concerning I’ll take issue with it. Honestly, at this point both school should be closed. But why one and not the other?

Go check out the New Maurice J. Moyer Academy and tell me where it seems more successful than Pencader! WTF is going on down at DE DOE?

Additional information:

The New Maurice J. Moyer Academy is in it’s first school year and according to their success plan aka charter school application they stated their enrollment would be at 365 students. The official student count is 182 students 50% of what they committed. Pencader’s enrollment is at 411 (66%) students not 625 they committed to.

Laurel School District on deck for community review

Its that time again to review another Delaware public school district. This time Laurel School District in Laurel Delaware. Please go here to DELAWARE PUBLIC / CHARTER SCHOOL REVIEW to participate. All info and comment section is there.

Just another flaw in Delaware’s education law!

Title 14, Chapter 15

§ 1509. Transparency of District Finances.

Each district and charter school shall post on its web site by September 1, 2009 and every three months thereafter a check register indicating the recipient of each check issued by the school district or charter school, the amount of the check, and identifying information regarding the check sufficient to permit members of the public to seek additional information regarding the payment in question. The only information excepted from inclusion in this database shall be records that would not constitute public records under 29 Del. C. § 10002(g), and records for which the disclosure would violate any federal or state law.

The responsibility of compliance of this law is on the “district” and “charter school”. After taking office Governor Markell made an executive order creating the state’s online checkbook registry searchable by departments of the state including public education down to the school districts and charter schools. The above law I noted within Title 14 is not part of Governor Markell’s executive order. It was legislated. The school districts and charter schools got creative in circumventing the law and created a link on their webpage to the state’s online checkbook registry and from that link it is up to the viewer to go find the individual districts and charter schools.

Notice this, “Each district and charter school shall post on its web site“. They are not doing this! Furthermore, currently the state has failed to update the “state online checkbook registry” as of today 01/13/2013, FY Q2, 2013 in not listed.  Someone might jump in here and say how can a district or charter school provide the information if the state doesn’t update their online public view? Simple, each district and charter school has access to view their state accounts and print or save files. They can print the checkbook registry data and scan to pdf for view only on their webpage. But I am sure the reports they run can be saved in file format and up loaded to their website for view only. No matter how you cut it, the law put this responsibility on the districts and charter schools. 

Sure I or someone else can E-mail the state webmaster responsible for update the online checkbook registry. But I think the public shouldn’t be a babysitting service to those paid for this responsibility. These delays make it look as if Governor Markell is cooking the $$ books and state legislators enacting the laws surrender the legislative powers to the governor. And don’t give me this but Kilroy shit, they needs to make sure the data is correct  There is a clear disclaimer noted, “Disclaimer: The data on this website is uploaded on a quarterly basis. As this will be an ongoing process throughout the fiscal year, transactions are not audited and may contain corrected information, which may reverse or change the effect of previous entries”.