Are charter schools within CEB being run by the Longwood Foundation

Wilmington charter tower gets new leader Matthew Albright, The News Journal

With construction finished and two schools up and running, the Community Education Building in downtown Wilmington has turned to a new CEO, Aretha Miller, who has experience in New York City connecting urban charter schools with their neighborhoods.

“The idea behind the Community Education Building, of bringing a whole community together for the purpose of quality education for urban students, is a really powerful one,” Miller said.

“The first phase, as challenging as it has been, is the easy part,” said chairman There DuPont. “Now we’re focusing on trying to improve educational outcomes. We needed a different skillset and different capabilities to do that, and Aretha fits that model perfectly.”

“Urban students” ? So if some of the students within these charter schools within CEB live in the surrounding suburbs they are classified as ” urban students” ?

I get the concept of community togetherness for the betterment of children’s education and building a strong community. But as far as Delaware charter schools, we have the Delaware Charter School Network  and Innovative Schools Development Corp. At first glance on would think Ms. Miller is nothing more than a glorified building manager. However, it appears Pete DuPont’s Son There’s ambitions are much larger. Somewhere in the fabrics of this social agenda is The Rodel Foundation and even Delaware’s favorite charter school lawyers. 

As far as the DuPont connection, I am a lifelong Delawarean who has not been overly critical of the DuPont family as many are based upon the DuPont’s wealth. However, in recent conversation with grad students at the U of D, I did express my concerns that the DuPont family back in the 1920’s and 1930’s particularly There’s grandfather paid and built many new public schools and even “Color Schools.” Pretty much Delaware’s public school system. I expressed, I found it interesting that with all the DuPont family’s political and financial influence they were enabling segregation in public education not fighting it. Also, with the concerns of re-segregation via charter schools in Delaware once again the DuPont connection involved in funding charter schools whereas though more of de fact segregation they are building (CEB), a system that feeds of off grouping high poverty predominantly African-America students. Ms. Miller’s comment about “Urban Students” reflects some ignorance about Delaware charter schools or perhaps echos my concern of re-segregation. Blunt as I may be, the observation can’t go unnoticed.

Another comment I made to the same class of grad students was, I have deep reservation about rich white million-billionaire males leading the charge in America to reform public education for blacks. What Longwood Foundation and The Rodel Foundation is doing may be noble but the real need for changes in how minority students are being educated must come from the “community” reflective of their being. It appears we are seeing a new mini school district being formed with the help of CEB and oblivious those participating may buy into the over all agenda in-which corporate takeover of public schools is sown deep in it’s fabrics. Many within have blinders on as to the impact charter have on traditional public education and don’t care. The CEB’s handpicking of minorities to be in key positions may not harbor the passion and concerns of civil rights leaders in the community. There are some key minorities within Wilmington that have reservations about creating a charter school district in Wilmington.  We all know, charter schools are “corporations” under the definition of the law. Charter school board members are appointed within not elected by the public. The claim “charter schools are public schools” needs to be redefined as schools funded with public tax-dollars but aren’t responsible to answering to those providing tax funding.

Fixing public education for our Wilmington children if you want to use the term fixing, will require greater voice from within “Wilmington” and even down to what’s on the minds of children. Weird analogy, but it appears CED and Rodel is nothing more than a bottle of castor oil as in, take this nasty tasting agenda because it’s good for you. Sadly to say there are a minorities willing to be the medicine men in this corporate sideshow and you can bet greenbacks are being uses to by souls.

So it really appears CEB is overstepping their bounds by going from a “building manger” to charter school leaders. Though for sure they are only the go-between re: the community concept. However, they will stake claim to any and all education success within these charter schools projecting a message the school leaders of these charter schools have weak skillsets whereas, they couldn’t of done it without Longwood and Rodel. Kind of like Governor Markell showing up to dedications of new construction of traditional school buildings whereas, he was not part of the local battle opposing or supporting new school buildings nor did Markell public support referendums. At the end of the day, politicians like Jack Markell and these wealthy business leaders stake claim in all the successes of charter and public schools but on the flip-side make no comments on the failures.

Delaware charter schools are being build on cemeteries and in this case, it’s traditional public schools where children and educators are still breathing. Traditional public schools are being buried alive.         

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24 responses to “Are charter schools within CEB being run by the Longwood Foundation

  1. Dear Aretha Miller:

    What Kilroy meant to say was “Welcome to Delaware”. You’ll have to forgive Kilroy, he is — as people like to say around here — a product of Delaware schools. I truly hope that you, through you vanguard role at CEB, can convert this tongue in cheek slight on Delaware into something we can say with pride: to be a product of Delaware schools.

    The New Castle County Executive recently engaged and received an extensive strategic plan to consider. A striking aspect of that plan was the persistent barrier to economic developement in our region: business are reluctant to locate in Delaware due to the reputation of our schools. You, Ms. Miller, have an important and visible role to play at CEB in quieting and proving-wrong this reputation for our region. Be successful, reach the student outcomes desired by the communities served by CEB, and many good things will follow.

    Best wishes to you and Welcome to Delaware!

    Sincerely,
    Publius

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  2. lastDEconservative

    One wonders if the lady visited the Republic’s schooling (not education) bloggers’ sites before signing on … I’m guessing yes, as I’m guessing she’s of the same underlying fabric.

    It’s Friday, a good evening for her to lurk at Bull’s Eye …

    I wonder if she’s gotten a Baldridge package yet. Or an encyclopedic set of directives from kavips. -chuckling my way back to work-

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  3. When I saw the article today in the paper I knew I had to come here to see how you were going to spin this as a bad thing. I am a little shocked that we don’t have comments yet from your Charter bashing jackholes. So you cry about Charters and how they are skimming from the top, not open to all, don’t serve the inner city and some claim all out racist… but then we have these schools who will be serving 1/5 of the Wilmington current school age population and you are still against it!?!? WTF!?!?! Time to pull back the curtain here… what is the real reason you are against Charters? DSEA agenda and their dues not getting paid?? Your kids didn’t get in and you are holding a grudge?? Thankfully you are a small group with these asinine ideas and most of the parents in NCC do not agree with you.

    Here is an idea… keep those in charge of CSD at the top… keep their plans in place… keep failing year in and year out. I am sure it is not easy… I hear that traditional public schools have rules to follow that Charters do not… but you need to work within those rules and come up with a better plan. What you are doing now is NOT working!! I hope the state takes these schools from you and they have amazing success!! You guys are ridiculous!!

    I will stop back later to see the crying

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    • What say ye JY? Kilroy? Looks like Greg is calling out a throwdown. Will let you guys respond.

      Delaware is a Big Tent for all types of public schools. Despite the carnival atmosphere.

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    • Greg may be onto something. I’ll let you guess what.

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    • Don’t know jack about what you mean. 🙂

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    • lastDEconservative

      Pub, should we think about getting Greg a decoder ring and the secret handshake manual?

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Greg is doing just fine! Doesn’t need the decoder ring ;). Publius should have remember to bring the Windex into Kilroy’s Mirror Maze.

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    • I took Greg’s post at face value. Silly me? Even if the post was farce, it still carried many truths. Life imitates art? Greg’s post laid a few open-question eggs on the doorsteps of Kilroy and JY.

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    • I don’t come here enough to speak decoder ring and I also don’t claim that CSD and other public school jobs are easy… but I am sick of the Charter bashing. I understand Charter laws have flaws and not all are great schools but I also understand that CSD and other public school are failing miserably and families will do whatever they can to get out of it (if they can). I also understand that CSW and NCS are at/near the top of the list for non traditional public schools and CSD high schools are at the bottom. I will stick to CSD because that is all l know (proud “cough” grad here). You need to find a way to work within the laws laid down and come up with a better plan. If you can’t… get out. Your time is up and you shit the bed… time to move on. And if you want to claim you were set up to fail… I understand but you did just that… next plan up!!

      So back to the question… why the Charter hatred? Someone upset they are not getting their DSEA dues?? Your family didn’t win the lottery?? Because these new schools will not serve the community you claim to care about.

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    • OK, it looks Greg is speaking to Kilroy and JY. Good questions by the way. So K and JY take the mic and answer — if youse dare.

      Publius

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Greg, “I understand Charter laws have flaws and not all are great schools but I also understand that CSD and other public school are failing miserably and families will do whatever they can to get out of it (if they can)”

      Failing miserably by test results and methods that as fractured just as much as the law.

      High school graduation data not to be confused with high school dropout data are flawed because many student graduating are graduating at grade level with an actual high school education. Social promotion is one of the evils within and surely we see the impact of poverty on charters and traditional schools. Not that poverty in an excuse to fail or not teach but is a hindrance.

      Perhaps CEB might be a game changer but let’s not undermine the success of the those charter school leaders and not overly transfer that success on CEB and There aka Re-Pete.

      Charter schools are not the solution but rather an option. As far a converting an existing traditional school to a charter, it’s a no win for parents re: charter school law where teachers get to vote on the question. Also, you haven’t be paying attention to my concerns about specific interest and magnet school and specialized programs within. I’ll do my best to be at the next Red Clay board meeting to go on record..

      In the big picture I am not defending traditional public schools re: being the only choice. However those flaws in the charter school law doesn’t make the playing field level. I know capital funding! Level the admission practices and provide a means for state ownership of tangible property re: capital funding and we have a deal. Should be allow traditional school districts to appoint board members like charter or do we elect charter board members through the same process.

      As far as Wilmington, Wilmington deserves neighborhood schools ! Also for the best interest of all schools traditional and public the time has come to fund them by the same method as Votech whereas the state legislators set the local tax rate. I think if that were to happen we would have more engaged legislators holding them more responsible. Backroom deals for charters and undermining traditional public schools to justify charters is bad for kids.

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  4. Amen Kilroy. Local Control-Local Control!!

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  5. Greg simply cannot see straight on the issue. Christina is not the failure he portrays, whatsoever. He chooses to see the worst in CSD and ignore all causal aspects, then runs around pointing at what he says is failure like a 5 year old tattling on his 3 year old sibling.

    Greg can’t be helped, just like Publius. Ideologues to the core.

    I’m the one board member annually moving to accept charter applications. I applied to charter school for my son, got waitlisted, and then accepted.

    Greg, you just are making up the hatred.

    But you did say one true thing before.

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    • Whoaaa… wait… you send your kids to a Charter?

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    • No, we ultimately decided to stay in district. The programming was better.we wanted to explore the option though

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    • Sorry John, but having seen both circumstances (TPS and Charter), you are in denial. This is not to say there aren’t hard working staff in our schools, but the conditions in TPS’s are not what they should be. Your “willingness” to consider Charter applications in CSD is one thing, willingness to address the obvious flaws in our CSD paradigm is another.

      Name calling and demands for proof are hardly effective efforts to address major educational problems. Seeing straight without political or DSEA blinders on is rather difficult so I’ll let you remove them when you’re good and ready (I don’t plan on waiting around the decade or so for that to happen). Just be aware that justifying a referendum based on Obamacare Stephen Gruber mentality is now an even harder sell. It’s show me time. Referendum (Christmas wishlists) better be VERY accurate if you want one to pass.

      Still waiting to hear how a district has the authority to stop a criminal investigation at CHS. The individuals not charged aren’t waiting obviously.

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    • Another proof less rant. Show your cards if you’re right. I haven’t a clue what you’re talking about

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    • The charter school must have been popular if you were waitlisted. Which school was it? What did you learn after waitlisting and acceptance that caused your change of heart?

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    • Gateway, and I think they are popular amongst special education needs. Our reason was transportation logistics and the time and length of school day. It just did not fit for our family. Had the planets aligned a bit differently, we may be there today.

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    • Sounds like you landed in the right place for your family’s needs. Gateway must be a pretty good school to have been on your radar. Glad it all worked out for you.

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  6. Greg, as one of those “charter bashing jackholes”, I wanted to thank you. I’ve never been called a jackhole before. The reason charters are bashed on here is cause they deserve to be bashed. The almighty gods that have been shining their light on the chosen ones are starting to look away. We shall see who is the jackhole then!

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