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The New Moyer parents fail to take ownership of “their” school! The New Moyer is in quicksand! #NetDE #Edude @dedeptofed @destateboarded @greg_lavelle

New Moyer Academy under scrutiny; Several changes in works at charter school Written by Matthew Albright The News Journal

State education officials say they’ll closely watch the New Moyer Academy charter school’s first few months of the academic year and how it handles new deadlines to decide what action to take with the school, which currently is in violation of its charter.

The New Moyer is in violation of its charter and should be on formal review. The state board requested monthly updates from the Delaware Department of Education an organization that is so fractured it’s becoming irrelevant,

Moyer leaders say they’re up to that scrutiny and they’ll do everything the state expects to come back in compliance with state rules.

The New Moyer had their blueprint for success called a “charter school application” and that application was approved by DE DOE and the State Board of Education. So much for the integrity of Delaware’s charter school approval process and now the oversight process. Now the State Board of Education wants to flex their voice by requesting monthly updates! Hey Hef, how about a real top to bottom state audit? Ask Mrs. Hef what happen to House Bill #23!

Moyer became in violation of its charter when state officials rejected the school’s proposals to lower its required enrollment and overhaul its curriculum. That means the Department of Education could put the school on formal review, leading to a possible school closure, but officials say they prefer working to fix the problems.

If Markell, DE DOE and the State Board of Education looks the other way and not follow the frame work / procedures set in place why bother having a former review process? The reluctance in following the established process is more about not giving the charter school movement another black-eye and nothing to do with protecting and serving the children within the New Moyer.

The plan raises four main concerns:

It says the school’s curriculum is “not coherent”; its ownership of the building isn’t certain enough; too many students are skipping class; and the school is inaccurately reporting problems with discipline.

But not enough to call for a formal review! So much for courage from Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy for doing what’s right for kids! And where is our bride (governor) in waiting Matt Denn? Denn was a no show for House Bill #23 that would have brought real transparency to public sessions of school board meetings and given parents and the public  a better view of what’s going on!

The department is particularly worried about Moyer’s curriculum. It says the school has been “out of compliance” since August of last year, well before it even applied for the changes that were denied.

Moyer wanted to move away from online classes via K12.Inc to a blend that included more real-time teachers face to face with students. It appears Governor Markell sent in Mark Murphy to stop that transition because it would give K12.Inc a big black-eye and would set the stage for serious questions down the road if Delaware wanted to allow online charter schools learning via K12.inc vs bricks and mortar. The founder of K12.inc and Jack Markell are McKinsey clones. See What does Markell and K12.Inc have in common Posted on January 19, 2011 by kilroysdelaware. Also, 2011-2012 Moyer’s dropout rate was 28.4% Posted on July 10, 2013 by kilroysdelaware. Surely Governor Jack Markell is a stock holder in K12.inc a Wall Street listed for profit. Look whats is going on in North Carolina Court hearing next week on K12, Inc., for-profit school looking to open in NC – Could it be Markell is protecting his old buddy and possible his stock portfolio? Murphy resistance to Moyer wanting to move to less online classes could be part of an agenda. However, in Murphy’s support, the New Moyer presented their application which went successfully through the approval process and now decided to deviate from the approved charter school plan.  

Moyer’s original curriculum focused heavily on online instruction. Its new curriculum, implemented this year, uses a “blended model,” where core subjects are taught in a traditional classroom setting, while electives are offered online.

The plan sounds good but the integrity of those governing the New Moyer must be questioned! Was the original application committing to online learning a front to appease Governor Markell re: K12.inc? Personally I might give the New Moyer some space on this change but NO to reduction in approved enrollment and violate them for not meeting required enrollment!

Moyer sought the state’s approval for that change last month, even though it already had implemented it. But the Department of Education refused approval, saying the application didn’t prove the school’s teaching plan was up to snuff.

Let me see, increasing face to face instructional time between students and teachers isn’t up to snuff? Wait!!!!!!! Yikes!!!!! DE DOE is talking about the quality of the schools curriculum and lesson plans that may not be aligned with state standards. What could we used to gage the effectiveness of Moyer’s plan? DCAS ? 

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And they continue to worry that Moyer doesn’t have a long-term agreement over ownership of its school building.

Moyer’s lease expires at the end of September. School officials say they’re finishing up negotiations to purchase the building.

Was Moyer charter school building sold in sheriff sale?  Posted on July 10, 2013 by kilroysdelaware Yep is was sold and the New Moyer is not the owner! And looks at this K12 Mafia type loan re: Moyer’s mortgage Posted on July 13, 2013 by kilroysdelaware  “K12 has agreed to finance the mortgage at a rate of 5.2% for 20 years. However if we terminate their contract for another management company the loan becomes payable within 30 days.” However, the New Moyer or K12.inc purchased the building re: sheriff sale. Now I wonder is something is going on in the background with a 3rd party? Perhaps the state AG might want to keep an eye on this one and the state auditor sharpen his pencil that’s unless Governor Markell tells them to stand-down!

But members of the state Board of Education said last month they weren’t convinced that agreement was solid enough to put Moyer on sound financial footing, leading them to reject the school’s application for smaller enrollment.

How could that be, DE DOE is required to have a DE DOE representative on the New Moyer’s state mandated Citizen Budget Oversight Committee. The state board should have delayed their vote and requested a state top to bottom audit.

The state’s plan for Moyer requires the school have a solid agreement ironed out by Aug. 30. School officials have said they should have a deal inked by that time.

Because of Moyer’s disregard for their approved charter we need to see an audit of property transfers and agreements to ensure no conflict of interest or fraud.

In addition, the state is pushing the school to fix problems with attendance. In the 2012-13 school year, Moyer had an attendance rate of 82.3 percent, the letter says.

That’s the lowest in the state and well below the expected rate of 95 percent. It means 92 of the school’s 165 students had 15 or more unexcused absences.

2011-2012 Moyer’s dropout rate was 28.4% The worse in the state. I wonder how they’ll try to fudge the numbers for 2012-2013?

Glenn A. Clarke, Moyer’s principal, said those problems partially are a result of the curriculum changes. Under the school’s original, online-heavy format, students didn’t attend school on Fridays.

“We’re trying to fight that perception among students and are changing that school culture,” Clarke said. “We’ve created a new attendance policy that absolutely will do that.”

Was no school on Fridays plan  part of the approved charter agreement? Audit audit audit ! 

Clarke said the school now will call parents if a student is absent, making sure they know the school expects them to be there for the next school day.

You mean to tell me parents didn’t know their children had off on Fridays and were to do their studies online? Also, does the online curriculum /lesson plan meet state standards? Audit audit audit!

Finally, the state says Moyer has been inaccurately reporting discipline problems.

“During the 2012-13 school year, multiple serious incidents were reported incorrectly, or under-reported,” the letter said. “Additionally, incidents were reported at a lower level of severity than was appropriate for the incident.”

What obstruction of Justice? The DOJ should do an audit and interviews! 

Clarke said he and his staff have spent the summer attending meetings and going over how to report such problems with state experts to make sure they know how the system works.

“We’re making sure we’re perfectly, perfectly clear that we know what needs to be entered into the system,” Clarke said.

New plan to cover your ass?

The state’s plan calls for ongoing scrutiny of the school during the first few months of the coming school year.

Throughout September and October, the Department of Education will monitor implementation of the changed curriculum and attendance and discipline policies. That will include site visits from staff to see the changes in person.

The New Moyer needs a formal review and be put on probation at best! Why wasn’t Pencader afforded the same as Moyer? Once again more proof the Delaware Department of Education lacks the capacity to provide consistent effective oversight of charter schools! The DE DOE charter school office is BROKEN! The Delaware State Board of Education is putting on a good show but fails to recommend real financial audits and review by competent qualified people! The DE DOE charter school office is BROKEN! What good are “frameworks” when DE DOE goes outside the frame to avoid conflict with those charter who fail to adhered to approved charter schools applications?  

Either Secretary of Education cleans house in the DE DOE charter school office or resigns! We need leaders not weak-kneed corporate clueless clones pretending to be educators! Delaware needs an elected secretary of education that are bound to the needs of public education and what’s best for students not a political appointment that relies on a governor with deep-seeded personal agendas that set the state to capitalize on education after life in public office! And shame on Matt Denn for sitting on the sideline with his thumb up his ass. By time 2016 this education mess will be at a major boil! But realistically Matt Denn need not worry because the Delaware Republic Party is anchored in pushing the charter school agenda and that why you see no Republican voice of concern with Moyer and none with Pencader. Debbie threw H.B.#23 under the bus to appease Republican charter concern! 

Life goes on as does the Wall Street ponzi scheme skimming money from classroom needs and shortchanging minority children. Every race has it’s winners and losers and like clockwork it will be poor minorities trapped in an endless circle! Only if we could hear what Dr. King, Hicks Anderson and Norm Lockman would say about all of this reform. I don’t oppose charter schools but at best I feel if they are going to be community schools we need to ensure all monies stay in the classrooms and out of the pockets of those in the Wall Street boardrooms and those lapdogs under the board’s conference table. Like with Pencader, Moyer’s parents don’t see themselves as owners of their public school called the New Moyer! I urge all New Moyer parents to stand-up and demand all public session of the New Moyer’s school board meetings be recorded and put online! If their is nothing to hide then open the window! Parents don’t wait until the last hour to stand and fight at a review meeting that may close your school! Stand now and demand transparency and truth! I am telling you, the writing is on the wall! Now is the time to stand!