Monthly Archives: April 2014

Bad news for H.B.#23 re: recording school board meetings

Looks like Delaware’s future Attorney General Matt Denn is at it again blocking H.B. #23. Word has it H.B.#23 sponsor Rep Hudson is boxed in a corner! Denn and the Speaker of The House are tighter than a bug’s ass! H.B.#23 was introduced and sent to the House Education Committee on January 23, 2013, out of House Committee March 27, 2013 and placed on the House Ready List! There it sat and then pushed to House Appropriation Committee where it going to be buried. Finally after bitching in was reviewed and favorably released from House Appropriation on March 31, 2014 and put back on House Ready List. Word has it Lt. Matt Denn wants H.B.#23 on ice aka desk drawer veto! Rep Hudson sits in the corner intimidated like a scared mouse! The Delaware way! So how do you advocate for education and open transparency in Delaware? Drop to your knees ! Folks I did my best! We have the Delaware State Board of Education recording their meetings. We have Red Clay, Christina, Capital, Delmar, Brandywine and Colonial who voluntarily records their board meetings! I am sorry I didn’t get the job done as promised! And it’s sad to think Matt Denn will be our next AG. Very sad! Come June 30th once legislative session ends Kilroy will be moving into election 2014 mode! We honestly elected officials in office who takes transparency seriously.

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Danger Will Robinson! Electronic card insurance cards!

147th General Assembly
House Bill # 258

Primary Sponsor:

B. Short

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Bushweller

CoSponsors:

Reps. Baumbach, Hudson, J. Johnson, Q. Johnson, Keeley, Osienski, Paradee, D. Short, D.E. Williams

Introduced on :

03/13/2014

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO INSURANCE CARDS.

Synopsis:

This bill allows for the insurance cards in an electronic format to be used as proof of insurance. Using an electronic format would not act as consent to access other contents on the device, nor would it expand or restrict investigative or search authority. Law enforcement officers, justice of the peace, and other state officials are not liable for any damage to the device that is the result of the insured using it to present proof of insurance.

Current Status:

Out of Committee   On   04/02/14

Full text of Legislation: 

(in HTML format)

Legis.html

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Full text of Legislation:

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Legis.Docx   (Microsoft Word is required to view this document.)

OK idea is a good one but! Would allow a police office to take you smart phone back to his patrol car?

a. Presentation of proof of insurance in electronic format shall not constitute consent for law enforcement, justice of the peace, or other state officials to access other contents of the cellular phone or other portable electronic device, and shall not expand or restrict authority to conduct a search or investigation.

b. Law enforcement officers, justice of the peace, and other state officials shall not be liable for any damage to a cellular phone or portable electronic device resulting from its use to present satisfactory proof of motor vehicle liability insurance coverage.

So now a driver reaches in their pocketbook or briefcase to retrieve their mobile device! If I were a patrol officer my hand would be on my 9 (don’t go their Kavips). One split-second could be error and somebody get’s shot! Yes many of us reach in our glove-box and a little case holding our registration and insurance card. But the police officer’s line of vision is much clearer! I just don’t like it! Honestly, how hard is to make sure you put your insurance card in the glove-box? A black smartphone in the palm of one’s hand at night can cause a little confusion! Not even the risk on one death is worth it! Also, we don’t need to add more stress the our police officer’s life! It’s hard enough just walking up a the driver’s window these days! What next electronic driver license?   

 

*CODE RED* Parents of Delaware College Preparatory Academy! *CODE RED* #netde #edude

Delaware College Preparatory Academy

School Leader- Angela Dennis
 Board President- Yardise Jones
 Enrollment- 209
 Performance Frameworks
Academic- Does not Meet Standard
Financial- Does not Meet Standard
Organizational- Does Not Meet Standard
Renewal Year- 2016
 Increased concerns
Enrollment- DCPA did not make their 80% enrollment by April 1st, 2014.
Finances
Enrollment decreases continue to impact budget resources
FY12 and FY13 ended with an extremely slight balance
With no reserves and decreasing enrollment, FY14 is projected to end in a deficit
Long term financial viability is in question
Compliance with law
Public information on website not up to date (Board minutes, finances, etc.)
Consistent reminders regarding disciplinary procedures, IDEA regulations and compliance timelines

Delaware College Preparatory Academy
Path Forward

4/16- Board votes to place DCPA “under formal review for revocation of their
Charter.”

4/17- DCPA receives notice of formal review AND report outlining
concerns/deficiencies

 5/2- DCPA’s deadline to respond to formal review notice

 5/3- DCPA receives 30 day notice of public hearing

6/10- Public hearing

 6/18- Red Clay Consolidated School District Board Meeting

Wilmington’s former mayor takes up ass-trumpet re: failure of traditional public schools

As our schools fail, so do we fail our childrenBy James M. Baker was mayor of Wilmington from 2001 to 2013.

In February, the White House introduced the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. The fact sheet revealed sobering statistics. Data shows that boys and young men of color, regardless of socioeconomic background, continue to be disproportionately at risk.

Former Mayor Baker’s takes data associated socioeconomics and spins it into public school teachers failures.

The impact of a failing public school system has taken its toll on the city and state, and our at-risk children continue to pay the price. The city has seen a 60 percent dropout rate for city students for years with very little improvement.

Notice he said, The city has seen a 60 percent dropout rate for city students for years with very little improvement.” How many traditional public high schools are in the city of Wilmington? NONE! Moyer charter school located in Wilmington had a 27.1% high school dropout rate highest in the state of Delaware. Positive Outcomes another charter school (not in the city) had 14.9% dropout rate and Campus Community charter school (not in the city) had 26.7% dropout rated. There are no other high schools in the state of Delaware with a two-digit high school dropout rate! All are charter schools. 

Here is the most recent Delaware High School Dropout RateThe overall annual high school dropout rate is 2.9% for all students combined. For African-American students, the dropout rate is 4.0% and for Whites 2.1%. I think this is where the former mayor dwells on (60%), 44.8% of all dropouts are African-American. BUT STOP the former mayor isn’t saying African-Americans, he is saying city students and references at-risk. As far as I see, the state report doesn’t breakdown to such an equation but it should. No one can argue African-American students represent the largest pool of at-risk students and poverty students. But make note of that 44.8%! It means 44.8% of all dropouts are African-American and do note 42.5% of dropouts are White and Hispanic 12.7%. The state’s data stinks and appears to be something Vermont would use! Former Mayor Bakers should join me in calling for a reporting system that breaks down the student cells data by race at the high school report level and in the case of the city where Wilmington is served by four school districts, the report should provided a combined report reflective of city student data.

Fourth-graders at Warner Elementary School on 801 W. 18th St. in Wilmington have proficiency rates of 41 percent in reading and 35 percent in math, compared to state averages of 72 percent and 70 percent respectively. Warner is 93.5 percent low income.

Fourth-graders at Shortlidge Elementary School on 100 W. 18th St. are 43 percent proficient in reading and 40 percent in math. Shortlidge is 93.3 percent low income.

And as mayor, what did you do to “empower” parents to take ownership our their public schools? NOTHING! Where were you at Red Clay school board meetings opposing the district taking class size wavier caps? NOWHERE! When did the mayor step up and demand no class size waivers for Wilmington’s Title 1 schools? Never! Warner’s failure goes right back to the mayor’s office! Right back to a weakened Wilmington NAACP! Yet fat ass white-boy Kilroy has been screaming about Warner’s cycle of failure for years! I don’t even live in the city yet I’ve raised concerns for years at a time Mayor Baker couldn’t even walk the shit he talked! 

So why are some lawmakers proposing legislation that will make it nearly impossible for new charter schools to open and well-performing charter schools to expand? This is both unbelievable and nonsensical. Considering the numbers cited above, would you deliberately work to impede the progress of charter schools?

New charter schools do not equate to better than traditional public schools and the three approved to open fall 2014-2015 failed to even fill 40% of the available seats. Mr. Former Mayor, it appears the mouth piece to your horn is attached to a horn the leads to the crack of your ass! New charters were offered city parents and they rejected them! Why? These three charter schools should of had enrollment to “capacity” with waiting-list. Why did they “FAIL” Mr. Mayor? WHY?

I support any method that gives our children the best education and best chance for a successful life. I genuinely believe that charter schools offer that opportunity.

Yea opportunity for gold-diggers hiding behind non-profits feeding of the backs of poor children. Are you looking for a slice of the $$$ pie? And let’s not forget, many believed you as mayor was going to make the city a safer place to live and learn. 

Legislators should be focusing on creating more high-quality education options, not limiting the growth of charter schools.

Wow are you suggesting a school voucher program for Wilmington’s at-risk students. 

The numbers tell the story – charter schools are making a difference for at-risk students in the city and district schools are not.

And the body-bags of young brothers tell the story of a failed mayor! Children will never win when one man can’t fess up to his own failures while covering for the failures of others. End the enrollment preferences charter schools are “rewarded” with and let’s compare apples to apples. However, data many charter schools do fail and now many can’t even get off the ground even after full approval.

State school board members are puppets and shouldn’t get involvded in education legislation issues

Lawmakers want more consideration of charters’ impactMatthew Albright, The News Journal

Two weeks ago, the board and Secretary of Education Mark Murphy approved four new charter schools to open in New Castle County over the next few years, potentially adding 2,360 charter seats in the county. Townsend, Williams and Blevins were among 20 state lawmakers who wrote to the board before that decision voicing “deep concerns” about the amount of money and number of students traditional districts could lose.

As they voted to approve the schools, several state board members voiced frustration that applications had to be approved as long as they met the right criteria, no matter what impact they had on surrounding district schools.

“If next year we were to have 20 charter schools come before this board, and they all use this format, they will all be approved,” said member Pat Heffernan. “I just want to make that very clear to the public.”

The State board members who had reservations about approving the charter applications could have voted no! Heff is you feel the “Framework” of the Delaware State Board of Education is wrong then resigns! 

“We just approved a [science, technology, engineering and math] high school in Wilmington. But what if a school nearby had just invested tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars into a STEM program?” Townsend said. “We need to be asking ourselves, is this an effective coordination of resources?”

You hit the nail on the head Rep Townsend, charter schools should not replicate existing schools charters or traditional public schools. Red Clay’s Dickinson high school has been rebuilding itself offers STEM, IB and even has culinary program. 

Charter advocates believe the proposal would deny students and parents the option to enroll in schools they think could better serve their kids.

“It’s about giving parents the choice to do what’s best for their children, not having somebody tell them what they have to do and where they have to go,” said Chuck Taylor, president of the Delaware Charter School Network and former charter school head.

Chuck the pro charter school folks claims parents are screaming for charter schools yet three slated to open next fall couldn’t even fill 50% of their seats and now are under review! 

Taylor said this discussion already took place when lawmakers changed the charter law last year, saying he was “disappointed” that it was coming back up again after the law had changed.

“The argument you hear being made isn’t about what’s good for kids, it’s what’s good for these districts. It’s about politics,” he said. “Make your schools competitive and you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.”

The call for charter wasn’t about a competitive contest! Charter schools were to be labs aka incubators of innovations and in most cases charters have replicated failure when it comes to at-risk students. How about if we add school vouchers to the equation? Perhaps parents might like that option and if charters don’t like it they need be more competitive! Or we can drop back and rewrite the law and eliminate the specific interest clause to end the cherry-picking. I am for add vouchers! Let’s expand those choices.

Townsend said he agrees that competition and dynamism in the school system are important, and pointed to charters like Kuumba Academy and Gateway Lab school as places where “great things are happening.”

“The problem is that we haven’t sat down and had a broader conversation about what we can learn from Kuumba or a school like it and apply it across all our schools,” he said. “Instead, we’re just opening more and more charters. That’s not a sustainable solution.”

Right on Townsend!

Donna Johnson, the state board’s executive director, said it would be “inappropriate” for state board members to comment on the proposal until a bill had been filed. She said the board did not ask lawmakers to file a bill, but acknowledged that it “speaks directly to a concern that was voiced by multiple board members.”

“There must be a definition of impact. We would like to see a formalized rubric that we would use going forward,” Johnson said. “It should not be something that’s used based purely on emotion. Impact should be considered in some kind of research-based manner.”

She is right, the state board served at the pleasure of the Governor, Therefore, they should mimic the governor’s agenda. It’s time we elect stand board of education members and end the agenda circus of the governor.

Delaware Legislators abducted by DE DOE’s Flying Monkey’s

Wake up dear legislators ! DE DOE charter school office is still in disarray! Taxpayers on the verge of funding a 20 million dollar assessment system called the Smarter Balance of all things! Then there is the  data tracking system the Gestapo would be proud of! Secretary of Education Murphy joins ranks with Jed Bush’s Chiefs for Change! Governor Markell keeps the lid on the K12 thing!

inBloom, Education Technology and the Murdoch-Klein Connection: A Son-of-Frankenstein B-movie Sequel?

Andrea Gabor

Last Sunday’s New York Times ran a fascinating story on the controversy surrounding inBloom, which promises to serve as a one-stop warehouse-in-the-cloud for student data, but which many educators and parents worry might compromise the privacy of kids in grades K-12. Like a number of major education-reform ventures, this one was launched by a group of funders led by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Now that most states have signed onto the Common Core State Standards, which will use computerized assessments, the allure of creating a central repository of student data is more compelling than ever.  The NYT lays out the potential benefits of the inBloom system, including the ability to store large amounts of student information and provide tools for analyzing the data–information that will be available not only to educators, but also to education-technology developers who can tailor products to student and school needs. The…

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InBloom implodes! Shutting down! Will DE Sec of ED Murphy resort to using an abacus to track student data?

Sun Sets on Controversial Student Data Project inBloom Monday, April 21, 2014 – 04:25 PM By YASMEEN KHAN

The non-profit corporation inBloom which sought to create a national repository of student data will shut down, following concerns raised by parents, school boards and elected officials over privacy and commercializing student information.

The company also cited New York’s recent mandate, included in the state budget, to halt its relationship with the controversial venture. New York was the most recent of several states around the country to do so.

“I have made the decision to wind down the organization over the coming months,” said Iwan Streichenberger, inBloom CEO, on the company’s website. “It wasn’t an easy decision, and the unavailability of this technology is a real missed opportunity for teachers and school districts seeking to improve student learning.”

Delaware legislators still stuck in Governor Markell’s education reform fart bubble! NPE has congress ear re: standardized test

PRESS RELEASE: Member of Congress joins with NPE and calls for public hearings on the misuse and overuse of standardized tests March 19, 2014 NPE Call for HearingsPress Release

Member of Congress joins with  The Network for Public Education and calls for public hearings on the misuse and overuse of standardized tests. Massive social networking campaign to be waged in coming days.

On March 2, 2014, following their highly successful National Conference, The Network for Public Education (NPE) sent out a call for members of Congress to hold public hearings on standardized testing. This call came in response to the onerous testing regime that has enveloped schools across the country and threatens to create a generation of students who possess less creativity and problem solving skills than previous generations.

Delaware legislators STOP the advancement of The Smarter Balanced Assessment. Did you vote on The Smarter Balance to Replace DCAS? $20 million dollars is on the verge of going down this money-pit of a test! A movement is coming for parents to Opt out their kids from taking this test! 

Today’s News Journal Murray Opinion is provoking! Kilroy says teachers need individual creativity and passion within free on extreme micromanaging

Raise the bar carefully in teacher education Frank B. Murray is H. Rodney Sharp Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware from News Journal Opinion April 27 ,2014

The “raising-the-bar” for grades, license scores, admission scores are advocated by policy-makers, like those who sponsored and voted for Bill 51, because they think that doing so will eventually improve teaching. This “raising-the-bar” approach for the prospective teacher, however, has another serious weakness. It overestimates the influence internal personal characteristics (like ability, disposition, knowledge, motivation, personality, etc.,) have in accounting for and explaining teaching behavior and it underestimates the influence of external situational factors and actions. This bias leads education reformers to focus on the characteristics and traits of the teacher and not directly on the features of teaching acts themselves, the very things the reformers seek to influence. The shift in focus from the teacher to teaching entails the study of, and the subsequent improving of, the routines, artifacts, lessons and methods of teaching a particular subject.

In my opinion teachers without that special passion and creativity as an individual don’t have a chance in preparing children for the working world and more importantly productive members of society. Many of us can recall that special teacher from our days as a student and the ones most harmful. Though some claim Common Core Standards broadens education the fact remain it tries to squeeze teachers into one mold and the same for children. Preparing children for college or careers leaves out the arts and sports. Teachers are not social-workers nor can they replace absent parents. However a good teacher with that special personal formula does positively spark the self-esteem of students. I think Red Clay’s 50% lowest possible grade score is meant to not demoralize students self-esteem beyond hope. No where does Common Core or the Rodel’s of the world support this worthwhile concept.

The wrongheaded reform goals meant to purge undesirable teachers out of the system takes the approach to demoralize all teachers whereas those with the strongest characters will rise to the top has made education less desirable as a career. Many business leaders who subscribes to a seven-year employee turnover business model may see this as healthy. This concept rotates stale old employees who’s productivity may have peaked with fresh eager young employees helps keep the profit margin healthy. Teach for American model does the same for education. However, they too burnout within 3 to 5 years. Teaching is a craft and motivating students is an art. There is a clear distinction between a “teacher” and an “instructor”. Many businesses fail because they went from having seminars to webinars where face to face human interaction is no more. Telling new teachers you have 2-3 years to provide the skills of a master teacher is wrongheaded! Sure teachers need to reach certain benchmarks in their teaching skills but that is where intervention needs to take place! We need staff development to be lead by master teachers not wall street developmental coaches. Reading student data doesn’t require data coaches! This is something that should be taught to those pursuing teaching degree!  

The Rodel’s of the world fails to see the distinction between a teacher and an instructor. Like in business, micromanaging employee rather than empowering employees leads to failure. And this also happens in government re: the failed Markell administration. No one dares to look Markell in the eye and say, “governor I think you got this one wrong”. Not even Matt Denn! Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy joins Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change! Why? Should he use his time doing his job?

Traditional public school teachers are people too! But if they join a charter school they become innovators even if that charter school fails to meet the same standards.

Every time there is another agenda to improve public education a new layer of administration and consultants are added and nothing is done to reduce class sizes. As this happens more money leaves the classroom and reduces “tangible” classroom resources.

If we can only create a more effective local control environment giving parents and the community the tools and transparency will we ever truly reform public education. Do notice the word “public” in public education. It’s there for a reason and a reminder! 

Crucifying 100% of the teachers to weed-out the 10% that might be in the wrong profession is pretty much immoral. Sure somebody will say more like 25%! But surely there are many young teachers in needs of quality teacher mentoring programs.

Rep Valerie Longhurst accuses others for blocking progress as she blocks H.B. #23

Legislators seek solution for gas tax deadlock Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal

At the same time, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst have criticized Republicans, who hold just 14 seats in a 41-member chamber, for blocking progress. And they have called Markell’s gas tax hike too tough a vote for many of their members facieng re-election in November.

Parents of the Bear, St Georges, Delaware City and all areas within the Delaware Representative District 15, Representative Valerie Longhurst does not want House Bill #23 to make it to the governor desk! Longhurst opposes H.B. #23 that would require all traditional school boards, votech school boards and charter school board to record the public sessions of their board meetings. She does this in-spite of the fact that Red Clay, Christina, Capital, Delmar, Brandywine and Colonial school boards voluntarily record their board meetings.

Isn’t so ironic that Longhurst criticizes others for blocking progress when she herself blocks open government from the people whom government was meant to serve and pays her wages! Get this, Longhurst is the chair of the House Ethics Committee! Though her legislative ranking aka pecking order puts her as chair of the ethics committee she is far from being “ethical” when it comes to transparent government! Perhaps this is something she picked up at AIG.

This is what Rep Longhurst’s opponent for 2014 Matt Lenzini says about his position on education:

 ” 2. Education: We have one of the top 10 costs per student in the country.  This would be ok if we were also one of the top 10 performing states when it comes to education.  Unfortunately, we are in the bottom half.  Our school systems are inefficient.  Its not the teachers fault, nor the students.  When you take good people and put them into an outdated, broken system, you will always get poor results.  We need to work on getting more money into the class room and modify our schools to allow each student to be educated in a way that best aligns with his or her learning style.  More testing is not the answer, adaptability is.  Education can open doors but it has to be effective – our current system is anything but that.”  

We cannot take back local control of our schools unless we take back Dover and Washington. Rep Longhurst is a major roadblock in this effort. Sad to say the reason H.B. #23 is slow to make traction is because Rep. Longhurst owns Rep. Husdson the H.B.#23 key sponsor. Longhurst wants to hold H.B.#23 hostage and is committed to making sure it won’t make it to a House and Senate vote. H.B. #23 will die on the House ready list!

Folks we need change and parents of the 15th Representative District needs stronger commitment to real transparency and real shared decision-making when it comes to public education. Longhurst fails in this department! Look at Longhurst legislative track record or education  nothing! But she’s proud to sponsor legislation which was successful and signed by the governor to raise personal income-tax by more than 10% on families making over $60,000.00 and sure enough she supports the governor’s call to raise gas tax!        

Wake up parents and voters of the 15th Rep District! It’s time to question those who want to dedicate their lives as “full-time” elected politicians. You have options in November 2014! Explore them and educate them to the needs of the real world that lives in the center! Those who stand in the way of full transparency of public schools are not for the children! Blocking the real tools for progress should be questioned!

Longhurst, you may own Rep. Hudson but you don’t own the voice of the people! Bury H.B.#23 all you want but the power will always belong to the people and we’ll get there without you! Shame on you! 

Movie night at Kilroy’s! Doc Pritchett Show re: Charter schools & education in general

Wow, I love the open conversation !! Your job is to view and fill in the blanks! FYI, Nnamdi Chukwuocha is the son of the amazing William “Hicks” Anderson.  

Published on Oct 20, 2013

Michael Harpe, Kendall Massett, Nnamdi Chukwuocha join host Maurice Pritchett for an open discussion on educational opportunities and issues relating to charter schools during live segment of “On the Road with Doc Pritchett” on Comcast Channel 28 in Wilmington,Delaware. Air date October 13, 2013.

WDDE 91.1 FM trumps NJ Jimmy Olsen’s charter school enrollment fiasco! Copeland tries to rescue! J. Young poking eyes @dedeptofed @destateboarded #netde #edude ed_in_de

Some new Delaware charter schools face enrollment challenges By Larry Nagengast / WDDE 91.1 FM April 25, 2014

Two charter schools due to open in Wilmington for the 2014-15 academic year face significant enrollment shortfalls that jeopardize their chances of opening on schedule.

One of the schools, Academia Antonia Alonso, could see its charter revoked without ever opening because it has already used up the one-year delay in its scheduled launch that is permitted under state law.

I am sure they have a topnotch lawyer with some political pull to bail them out.

According to Jennifer Nagourney, director of the Charter Schools Office in the State Department of Education, the state board has three options: impose remedial measures on the schools, revoke their charters, or allow them to open as planned

Forgot number four, do what Governor Markell directs you to do! 

As of April 1, Academia Antonia Alonso reported an enrollment of 85 students, only 28.3 percent of its authorized enrollment of 300 students for kindergarten and first grade, while Delaware MET reported an enrollment of 84 students, or 31.8 percent of its authorized enrollment of 264 students for grades 9 and 10. The state’s charter school law requires that charters have, as of April 1, a confirmed enrollment of at least 80 percent of its authorized enrollment for the upcoming school year

85 students ???? WTF? What is the preference, DNA match to the Queen of England ?  MET 84 ? You got to be kidding! Don’t tell me the Charter Schools Network was heading up recruitment marketing! Maybe so of the poor parents couldn’t make the connection between student to customers on the ad lit. 

Another charter school scheduled to open in Wilmington, the Design-Lab High School, was listed on last week’s state board meeting as a candidate for being placed on formal review. Before the meeting, however, the school’s leaders requested permission to delay its opening until the 2015-16 school year.

Enrollments were also a concern for Design-Lab, which had 80 students registered as of April 1, well short of its target of 300.

That’s the ticket, stick you tail up your ass and run for a cover!

A charter school already operating in Wilmington that has already experienced enrollment woes, the New Moyer Academy, did receive approval last week from the state board to reduce its enrollment targets for next year from 455 students to 265

Of course Moyer got accommodated! Gotta keep the lid on that mess until Markell is out of office! Did you hear about Moyer’s Spec Ed investigation? Under-seal!  

Charlie Copeland, chairman of the board of the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security, a charter school in New Castle and a longtime advocate for charters, attributes the schools’ enrollment shortfalls to weaknesses in their marketing campaigns.

No charlie ! Pure failure of board leadership! Somebody needs to trim the uni-brow and wake-up and stop playing musical $$$ charter schools! Damn Charlie isn’t there a good printing company out there that can help with recruitment ad distribution?

Copeland said he knew from his experiences with the public safety charter, which opened in 2011, that “the number one issue would be student recruitment.” He recalled that the school originally planned to open with 800 students, then lowered that target to 480 and asked the state for permission to delay its scheduled opening from 2010 to 2011. Even with the reduced target and delayed opening, the school did not meet its enrollment projections in its first year.

“Nobody knows your name, you have no track record, and most likely the educator you have put in charge doesn’t know a lot about marketing,” he said.

And it helps having the First National Bank of Kin-Folk providing in-house loans 😉 “Board action: A motion was made and duly seconded to approve a private loan to the school to function as a Line of Credit of up to $200,000. The interest rate is at the federal government mandated minimum interest rate. The note expires 6/2013 and needs to be repaid during the 2013-2014 fiscal school year.” Name note even revealed in “Audit for FY2013 Note J RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS In November 2012, the School entered into a grid note payable to a related party. The loan is payable in full on June 30, 2014, plus accrued interest at a rate of 5.00%. At June 30, 2013, the outstanding balance due was $200,000. Accrued interest at June 30, 2013, was $2,813″.

Unfortunately, Copeland said, operators of new charters “still haven’t learned the lesson” of the importance of marketing and recruiting. 

And perhaps running to the Kin-folks for $$$ relief. I wonder, is the 5% interest taxed as normal income or a non-profit contributions.   

Charlie none of the traditional school district have their superintendent or CFO appointed “chair” of the legally required Citizen Budget Oversight Committee! Where is the firewall? I think your CBOC report minutes should indicate titles next to members names. I see many of the names listed who are also school employees. “Oversight committees shall have representation from parents, educators, and taxpayers residing in each of the public school districts, provided that in the case of charter schools membership on oversight committees shall consist of parents of students enrolled in the charter school, educators at the charter school, and representatives of the Delaware Department of Education”. My bad I see DE DOE is required to have a representative at the table! I feel more comfortable! Charlie, just a suggesting here, perhaps Rep Hudson might like to sit on your school’s CBOC. She’s not doing much down legislative hall. 

John Young, a member of the Christina Board of Education, pointed to another factor that may be contributing to the low enrollments. “The recent failure of two charters has created an aura of instability that has impacted the ability of other charters to attract new students,” he said.

Come on Young! Copeland a longtime advocate for charters knows his stuff 😉

The new charters, Young said, “will bear the burden of that legacy. Now there’s some fear in the marketplace.” 

Yep the other charters competitiveness promotes a dog eat dog world! But with Debbie in Dover and Charlie hosing down his money with poly (1,1,2,2-tetrafluoroethylene), their finger prints don’t stick.

Kendall Massett, executive director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network, an advocacy group for charters, said the network promotes sharing among its members but it is up to individual schools to decide whether they will offer information about students on waiting lists to operators of schools that have vacancies.

And here lies the big problem, Baldwin’s Frankenstein! She couldn’t book a hotel to capacity and certainly that translate to wrong person trying to help fill seats in new charter schools. There is you marketing breakdown Charlie! Better fix it soon! 

So where is Publius? Head buried in the sand somewhere? 

U.S. Education Department Announces First-of-Its Kind Resolution of Virtual Charter School Civil Rights Investigation

Virtual School Meanderings

This was brought to my attention earlier in the week…

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The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with Virtual Community School of Ohio to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act for students with disabilities at the school. This first-of-its-kind resolution promises equal access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities in virtual charter schools.Virtual Community School of Ohio is an Internet-based, public charter school that serves approximately 1,200 students who reside throughout the state of Ohio.”Students with disabilities who attend online public charter schools are entitled to all the protections of the federal civil rights laws that their peers receive at traditional public schools…

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