Daily Archives: May 30, 2014

Not a good year for charter schools in Delaware! Yep another one! H.B.# 357

147th General Assembly
House Bill # 357

Primary Sponsor:

Kowalko

CoSponsors:

Reps. Bolden, J. Johnson, Keeley

Introduced on :

05/29/2014

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.

Synopsis of Orginal Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill requires that all charter school applications are first submitted to the local school board. If the school board denies the application, the applicant may then request that the Department of Education consider its application.

Current Status:

House Education Committee   On   05/29/2014

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Looking back at the 2014 school year, I think it’s safe to say the Charter Schools Network of Delaware has been a hindrance in starting new charter schools. Three charter schools set to open fall 2014 couldn’t even mustard 30% of approved enrollment. This might be good for those outright opposing charter schools but no good for that Choice options parents demand. Actually the inability of these three charter schools not being able to fills seat may have an underlying message. Perhaps the demand is artificial. The Charter Schools Network of Delaware’s cheap shot a Reach Academy demonstrates weak organizational structure. Charter schools aren’t motels and parents aren’t guest! Parents are “owners” of their public schools. The are not to be businesses like motels! They are public service organizations!

No matter how we cut it, there are impacts on local school district and duplication of programs via charter schools is counter productive and harmful to Delaware’s “public school” system.

Publius, when are we going to hear some recordings of charter school board meetings like the amazing one from Christina School District? Dude, the charter queen needs to be dethroned!     

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Hiney (Rep. Scott) and Hole (Sen. Sokola) stealth legislation to allow charter schools with less than 200 students

47th General Assembly
Senate Bill # 234

Primary Sponsor:

Sokola

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Scott

CoSponsors:

{ NONE…}

Introduced on :

05/30/2014

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.

Synopsis of Orginal Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill aligns language within Title 14, Chapter 5 with changes to education and charter policy made throughout the chapter as well as elsewhere in the title. These changes remedy inconsistencies in language between different sections of Delaware Code as a result of recent changes to licensure, certification, accounting system, as well as aligning all sections of Chapter 5 with specific dates and deadlines established through multiple bills in the past year. This bill organizes required reporting for charter schools within the chapter subsection referencing reports and also addresses the sunset of single gender charter school language from June 2013.

Current Status:

Senate Education Committee   On   05/30/2014

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Section 1.  Amend Chapter 5, Title 14 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:

§ 503 Legal status.

A charter school is a public school including 2 or more of grade kindergarten through 12 and having at least 200 students (provided, however, that a charter school may enroll fewer than 200 but no less than 100 students in its first 2 years of operation or for a charter school serving at-risk or special education students), 

Folks, though it appears Sokola and Scott might be cleaning up some verbiage however, the crossing out of the requirement under legal status requiring a charter school to be at least 200 students might be making way for approval of those charter schools that didn’t meet their enrollment requirements to open in fall of 2014. This is the kind of shit Sokola does towards end of legislative session! They sugarcoat this legislation in House Ed Committee and Senate Ed Committee and jam it through in the wee-hours of last days of session. Go view the legislation yourself and you’ll see the above.   

Also, it looks like verbiage in the single-gender clause is being deleted. Might be something to do with Reach’s lawsuit and DE DOE’s desire to close them. Not sure but check it out!

Rep Hudson and Sen Lavelle laying ground work for school vouchers re: H.B.#253 #Edude #netDE

 

147th General Assembly
House Bill # 353

Primary Sponsor:

Hudson

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Lavelle

CoSponsors:

Rep. D. Short; Sen. Simpson

Introduced on :

05/29/2014

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE ESTABLISHING THE PARENT EMPOWERMENT EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNT ACT.

Synopsis of Orginal Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill creates the Parent Education Savings Account Act which would allow parents to use funds otherwise allocated to their resident school district for an education program of the parent’s choosing. The goal of this legislation is to increase educational opportunities for students.

Current Status:

House Education Committee   On   05/29/2014

Delaware House Bill # 350 is missing something big time!!!!!!!!

147th General Assembly
House Bill # 350

Primary Sponsor:

Viola

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. D.E. Williams & Sen. McDowell

CoSponsors:

Reps. Brady, Jaques, Q. Johnson, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Paradee

Introduced on :

05/29/2014

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE.

Synopsis of Orginal Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill requires that new students at the University of Delaware shall consist of at least 80% in-state students until the entire student population reaches 65% in-state students. The University shall then maintain 65% in-state students.

 

Current Status:

House Education Committee   On   05/29/2014

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Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact:

Not Required

Actions History:

May 29, 2014 – Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House

This legislation needs to be amended by inserting “on campus enrollment”. The University of Delaware has their Parallrel Associates Program with Delaware Technical Community College whereas those students attend classes a DTCC and are “not” considered University of Delaware on campus students. This is a little shell game the U of D has been playing whereas only Delaware students are part of the parallel program and you can bet your ass the U of D factors in those numbers in their overall in-state and out-of-state student data. This makes room for more $$$ out-of-state students. U of D wants to own a power plant but seems not to have space for housing their own associates program.  

Education Reformers Proven Wrong Again

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And another study piles on… again proving that Jack Markell, Arne Duncun, Mark Murphy, Rodel, Chief’s for Change, are all wrong for education…  We have seen a glut of such studies this year… compared to zero studies that support any of the premises being made by these so called reformers… Don’t take my word for it simply because I say so, but to me it is safe to say they are all on the wrong track…

This study focuses on what happens or happened, in impoverished school districts where a Federal Court said:  “rectify this, it isn’t equal education….”

In all those cases more money was spent in schools and results got better….

You see, the enemy to education is poverty.  If you attack poverty, you improve education… If you do nothing  but test what students don’t know, you get nothing but a lot of documentations stating that students don’t know…

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