Moyer charter school holds the worst high school dropout rate, 29 of the 102 Moyer “high school level” student enrollment dropped out! We’re not talking transfer out, we’re talking dropped out of high school. The Moyer school community should be outrage! However it looks like Senator Henry is preparing to play the civil rights card if Moyer is to be order closed! The writing has been on the wall for some time now and I wonder what Senator Henry’s engagement has been?
Looking back on Moyer’s history, Governor Markell pulled a power-play of Theo Gregory taking control of Moyer and hired K12.inc where the CEO was a former McKinsey consultant, yep the exact same firm Markell worked for, Moyer’s school rating was “Commendable” with a student population of 325. Though not good, under Gregory, Moyer’s suspension rate was 41% and now under Markell’s oversight last year 57%. 1 expulsion under Gregory and 5 under Markell’s oversight! This what Governor Markell said as he turned the keys to Moyer over to K12.Inc, “At times it seemed unlikely that we would be here,” Gov. Jack Markell said at the school Friday. “In fact,sometimes it seemed impossible. But we are herebecause we are ready to start a new chapter in the life of Moyer Academy.”
Moyer is far worst off now than when it was taken over by the state! The Delaware Department of Education lack the internal capacity to function as an organization let alone extension itself to oversee an external organization like Moyer. Governor Markell took it upon himself to be crowned Delaware’s education czar! The Delaware Secretary of Education and the state charter school chief came via Rodel’s good housekeeping seal! Rodel rather spend it’s money directing others on how to run public and charter schools than start their own charter school! They fear the risk of direct failure and rather have an backdoor exit when those they support fail!
Like Pencader, Moyer was given a second chance and like Pencader, Moyer needs to be closed!
The sad part of these failing schools is our want-to-be future governor Matt Denn thinks he is vice-president to Governor Markell. Denn was elected independently of Markell but his political posture seems to be Markell can walk on water! Denn’s lack of voice and support of holding back H.B.#23 makes him an enabler of failure and a disservice to open transparent government! We don’t need this kind of leadership! Matt, it’s not going to work, “it wasn’t me, it was Jack”. Just a state board member Heffernan speaks-out so can you!
Debbie, you surrendered H.B.#23 to those charter school advocates who “fear” real transparency! Schools will continue to fail as long as state legislators lack the courage to deliver real transparency to government and public education.