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.
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?