Dear Red Clay school board members:
Certainly we don’t want to alienate any student because of their disability! However, there will be special ed students victimized by this all or none district plan. Special ed students should be integrated when appropriate within the scope of their IEP. The districts notion it’s for the students’ best interest isn’t so. However, I have a greater concern beyond that.
The district agenda is setting the stage for a district wide policy. I must point-out in regards to Red Clay charter schools, Red Clay has over and over proclaimed charter schools chartered by Red Clay “are” Red Clay schools. The district went as far as getting their way with DE DOE to included those charter school’s data within district-wide data. Therefore, if Red Clay proclaims schools like Charter School of Wilmington are by design and it the case of CSW, Red Clay was part of the formulating body of the charter application and planned on the heels of the failed Red Clay Phoenix program at the Red Clay Wilmington campus. What I am getting at is, CSW was by design by a Red Clay district-wide plan as is Cab and Conrad magnet schools. A district-wide special ed inclusion plan must include Charter School of Wilmington, Conrad and Cab. As far as DMA and DCPA charter schools it debatable! Those two charter school charters by Red Clay didn’t have hands on involvement by Red Clay but were part of a Red Clay long-term strategy.
I am hear to tell you board members, the stage is set for some legal challenges via civil rights violations. The district can’t proclaim their plans for special ed inclusion is on a non-discriminatory based district-wide plan. Carving out Charter School of Wilmington, Cab and Conrad shouldn’t be legal. As far as the charter school law, I must go back to Red Clay position Charter School of Wilmington “is” a Red Clay school. The Red Clay supers struts around with CSW feather in his hat can’t have his ice cream and cake too. The board must call for modification of CSW “Red Clay charter” to be required to take their share of special ed students equal to the average of special ed high school students in the district. and that must apply to Cab and Conrad. How can you say the plan is district-wide if not all Red Clay schools are part of the plan. Collectively, parents of Red Clay special ed students can seek an injunction on a class action suit and should be able to gain support and legal counsel by the federal government as the concerns raises serious questions in regards to IDEA. Also, if any suit were to be filed I would think it be appropriate to name DE DOE and the Delaware Secretary of Education as defendants. DE DOE cannot be sitting on the sidelines allowing Red Clay’s plans to take place. DE DOE has a legal obligation to protect all children from discrimination.