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 Rate. The 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.