Daily Archives: February 22, 2013

Audio of Delaware State Board Education Meeting re: Pencader Charter School closure #netDE #edude @destateboarded

State Board of Education Meeting – Audio – 2/21/2013 – Part2

Enjoy the digital recording of the Delaware State Board of Education public board meeting  re: Pencader.

Enjoy means transparency re: recording. Hopefully our state legislators enact pending legisaltion requiring all traditional public school districts, Votech districts and charter schools to digitally record their public session of board meetings and place online within 7 days of meeting. GET THE JOB DONE LEGISLATORS ! We need this transparency for ALL SCHOOL BOARD PUBLIC MEETINGS

147th General Assembly
House Bill # 23

Primary Sponsor:


Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Peterson


Reps. D. Short, Miro, Peterman, Wilson, Baumbach, Bennett, Mitchell, K. Williams; Sens. Hocker, Lavelle, Simpson, Townsend

Introduced on :


Long Title:



This bill requires that all public meetings of the boards of education of traditional public school districts, vo-tech school districts, and public meetings of charter schools’ boards of directors be digitally recorded and made available to the public on the districts’ and charter schools’ websites within seven business days. The recordings will not be considered the official board minutes.

Currently the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Christina School District, and the Capital School District on a voluntary basis approved by their boards of education have been providing the public digital recordings of their board public session meetings via the district’s websites.

The Delaware State Board of Education is required by the State Board of Education to make available within one business day digital recordings of its board meetings on the Delaware Department of Education’s website.

Current Status:

House Education Committee   On   01/23/2013


146th General Assembly
House Bill # 26 w/HA 3

Primary Sponsor:


Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Lavelle & Rep. Hudson & Sen. Katz & Sen. Lawson & Sen. Simpson


Reps. Manolakos, Ramone, Walker, Wilson, Kowalko; Sens. Peterson, Sorenson

Introduced on :


Long Title:



This bill requires that all public meetings of the State Board of Education be digitally recorded and made available to the public on the Department of Education’s website within one business day. The recordings will not be considered the official Board minutes.

Red Clay Consolidated School District has been, as of September 2010, providing the public with digital recordings of their Board public session meetings via the District’s website. The Christina School District School Board enacted a policy to provide digital recordings of their public session meetings and expects to be online in January 2011.

Current Status:

Signed   On   06/08/2011

Volume Chapter


Date Governor acted:


DE DOE & SBE turning a blind-eye on the New Moyer charter re: transparency #netDE #edude @dedeptofed @destateboarded

The old Maurice J Moyer Academy was taken over be the Delaware Department of Education who in-turn hire K12.Inc to operate Moyer for SY2010-2011 and 2011-2012 until a permanent solution was found. The “New” Maurice J Moyer  was approved to start this school year 2012-2013 the fiscal school year for all public and charter schools starts on July 1 of each year. So for The New Maurice J Moyer it was July 1 ,2012. My concern here is purely transparency nothing else. Go visit The New Maurice J Moyer Academy website and try to find the board approved FY2013 budget, who the CBOC committee members are, CBOC meeting dates. agenda and minutes, the board of directors meeting dates, agenda, minutes, IRS990 forms and no monthly finanical reports. 

What a wonderful for a “new” Delaware charter school to start, IN THE DARK!

I have a hunch the Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy will be selling The New Maurice J Moyer to Pencader parents and students! Good old Delaware Department of Education, setting up parents and students for another let down! Never forget, some of Pencader shortcomings led right back the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware State Board of Education sits around with their thumbs up their asses and doesn’t do a damn thing about theses school websites that create stealth school operations closed to public view! The public shouldn’t have to file FOIA because the Delaware Department of Education and Delaware State Board of Education turns a blind-eye to schools that can’t adhere to transparent even when mandated by legislation. 

No Cindy and Publius I am not picking on another charter school or the charter school movement! You both come in trying to save Pencader that was on it’s death bed but you did nothing before as Pencader slipped into the dark-side of transparency. Will you put up the same fight for The New Maurice J Moyer Academy? Publius if you were in here just to try to save Pencader and not to address the transparency shortfalls damaging public education shame on you!  

To the state legislators who visit Kilroy’s Delaware, go to Moyer’s website and see for yourselves! Also, there are other charter schools lacking in transparency and even some public school districts. We need uniform laws with “$$$ fines” to the schools and district who fail to comply. Government cannot be it’s own watchdog! Give the people the tools and we will flush out those who capitalize on public education and set roadblocks for real parental and community involvement 

Wake up Moyer parents and own “your” school!  

Lois Lane has full Pencader Charter story re: Closing #netDE #edude

State monitors flunk Pencader, revoke school’s charter Loss of charter will force troubled school to close Written by Nichole Dobo The News Journal Feb 22, 2013

Secretary of Education Mark Murphy recommended Thursday that the state take the extreme step of revoking the school’s permission to operate as a public school. The state board moved swiftly to do so.

Murphy said Pencader’s team did not submit a plan that addressed concerns communicated to them by the state, including improving student performance, strong governance of the school, and a plan for recruitment of more students and a new school leader.

“Pencader failed to seize the opportunity this process afforded it to articulate a clear, quality plan for a path forward. I would have expected to see a plan with specific measurable steps, goals and

objectives to improve this school and the achievement of its students,” Murphy said.

Murphy’s defining moment but where does Jack Markell start in this decision and where does Murphy!

“It is a shame. I do feel badly about the children at that school,” said Pencader school board president Frank McIntosh, who joined the board in November. “Their dreams are crushed because of something that is not their fault.”

Yes Frank it is about the children but Pencader the school has be very toxic for years. Do you let kids ride in cars with faulty parts?

The state will be in touch with other charter schools and traditional public schools to help students get special permission to enroll after the typical deadlines

They can open the Choice window but don’t think they’ll bump kids on the waiting list for Pencader kids.

McIntosh said he had found support among top charter school leaders and other leaders in public education who were willing to help the school move forward.

Frank how much $$$$$ did they write those checks for? Where was Rodel or Longwood? Was Innovative Schools willing to work for free? But you did well Frank an amazing effort.

Problems have dogged Pencader for years. The school was most recently placed on probation in 2011 after state officials flagged governance and financial issues. The school remained on probation for those issues when the state board voted to revoke its charter Thursday.

Yep ! And Kilroy and his so-called naysayer fought hard to give Pencader another chance in 2011 and we pulled it off,

For instance, Pencader’s leaders reported that the school outperformed the state average on student achievement tests, Carwell said. In reality, the school was below the state average on math and reading assessments, he said. This mistake, and others, showed the school’s leaders were “ill-prepared, at best,” he said. Subsequent reports did not convince state leaders otherwise, he said

False reporting ? Sounds criminal!

Delaware Charter School Network executive director Kendall Massett issued a statement that charter schools sometimes must close because they face greater accountability than traditional public schools in return for being freed from some state regulations. Even so, Massett said closing Pencader was not the conclusion her group had hoped to see.

Chuck’s Frankenstein!

Red Clay Consolidated Superintendent Merv Daugherty said that his district would welcome students as space allows – even those who live outside the district’s boarders. He believes that other school chiefs in New Castle County will also welcome Pencader’s students.

 As space allows!  At least he is being honest! But Dickinson has space for sure and Byron Murhpy is an out standing principal! A lot of money and effort went into reforming Dickinson and they won’t let it fail! Good school!

Moyer Academy in Wilmington was ordered closed by the state board in 2010, but it was saved by a special state takeover.

Since then Moyer has limped along with enrollment that’s dipped to fewer than 200 students.

Beware Pencader parents look at Moyer webpage! Last monthly financial report was May 2012. Where is their IRS900 forms required to be posted! Where are their budget or CBOC ? Don’t jump from one life raft to another Pencader parents. Visit Moyer’s webpage! No good and yes I know they are working on it! But it will only take one day to update!