Daily Archives: April 26, 2014

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…

Contact:  

Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov

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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Sixty Years After Brown: “Segregation Forever”?

Rethinking Schools

We recently learned of an interview by Democracy Now! with journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who discusses the segregation that persists in public schools around the United States. 

Watch a brief segment here:

You can watch the full interview at the Democracy Now! website.

Nearly 60 years after the Civil Rights Act and Brown v. Board of Education decision, Hannah-Jones points out that many public school districts look as though these landmark changes never happened.

“What George Wallace and others like him wanted was all-white schools. All-white schools don’t really exist anymore, but all-black schools do,” Hannah-Jones says. “Sixty years after Brown, integration is gone for many students.”

Hannah-Jones discusses the redrawing of school district boundaries in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as just one example of what she calls the “resegregation of America’s schools.”

“We still have a racialized K-12 system,” Hannah-Jones says. “Black and brown students tend to be in schools where they’re receiving an…

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Government document reveals end of charter schools coming

Full documentation here NASA FUTURE WARFARE DOCUMENT and Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars