I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Delaware charter school renewal process is not needed and is a “waste”.
The demand on DE DOE and charter school resources needed during a charter school charter renewal process is a waste of time and is not needed.
Charter schools once approved should be allowed to operate as agreed and with ongoing state monitoring to ensure the charter schools are operating with inthe laws and rules governing them and all public schools. The “data” is there, enrollment and student achievement.
With online transparency for financial reports, board governance re: board agendas, minutes and hopefully audio recordings of board meetings DE DOE has the foundation for monitoring with the ability to use “unannounced” audits.
It make sense to put oversight and announced, unannounced audits and inspection in place to keep schools upright and within the laws and rules that governs them. It makes no sense to give charter schools enough rope to hang themselves via that wonderful autonomy. At the end of the day, children suffer when any school fails and is forced closed.
No, I am not going pro-charter but I do support school choice in which charters are part of that process and I do oppose “entrance” test.
The time has come to get DE DOE out of the authoritarian mindset role and bring them back as proactive partners in education and a center for productive resources. The political power-grip on DE DOE is counterproductive to the real reforms needed to improve our public schools.
So set the parameters in approving charter schools and lay the law down in what’s required as far as transparency and add “financial” penalties for non compliance that progresses towards probation and closure.
If we’re going to have a renewal process for charter schools where they can be closed why not do the same for traditional public schools?
It wasn’t all that long ago Delaware Military Academy was under fire for using personal credit cards rather than state issued P-cards.
It appears our secretary of education relies on the state auditor to be responsible for monitoring charter school finances to ensure they are not using commercial credit-cards not issued via the state P-Cards system.
This is just another example of lack of capacity on DE DOE’s part and reflective of poor administrative leadership on Secretary Murphy’s part.
As many of us agree the failure of children is often traced back to the failure of the adults in their lives. In Delaware, the failure of charter schools are often the failure of the Delaware Department of Education to provide “consistent” ongoing oversight. Their charter school framework has merit but the lack of proactive monitoring is often the downfall of struggling and failing charter schools. In actuality, we don’t need a charter school renewal process, we need an ongoing monitoring system that provides technical assistance to keep the train on the track. The DE DOE blind-eye to charter schools not using the state issued P-card system is just another example of DE DOE just sitting by allowing a controversial event to take place.
Hey Sec Murphy, you know that I know that you know! Is there something you need to tell the public 😉
Will there come a time when our public school libraries become obsolete? I am sure it won’t be long before all students are provided an E-reader and all their textbooks will be digital. The school districts can build a digital library where E-books of all sorts can be shared by students. Yea yea nothing like the feel of a real book in your hands! But we must give some thought to digital school libraries.