Do you support elimination of the Specific Interest Admission Preference in all Delaware public funded schools
No 52.38% (55 votes)
Yes 44.76% (47 votes)
Note Sure 2.86% (3 votes)
Total Votes: 105
I am a bit surprised and thought the yes votes would prevail with a wide margin. However, I purposely didn’t single-out charter schools and said, all public funded schools.
Personally many of bitching about specific interest admission preferences was targeted at charter schools. I knew Red Clay’s CAB magnet school was very selective and then came Red Clay’s other magnet school Conrad followed by Red Clay’s IB programs.
During last month’s Red Clay Board meeting board president Kenny wanted to push a vote to eliminate the specific interest admission preferences in Red Clay schools. He lit the fuse to major fireworks! Though Red Clay’s Charter School of Wilmington might have been in the cross-hairs, Red Clay’s two magnet schools and their IB program at Dickinson High School have specific interest admission preferences. So a vote to eliminate specific interest would require elimination district-wide.
Red Clay school board recently approved CSW charter renewal in June 2014. Sorry to say that was the time to put the specific interest question to vote. Apparently it appears there was a consensus to review that question down the road aka another time. Personal I think the board members who had concerns were pretty much hoodwinked by other board members.
Person, though I have strong feelings against using specific interest admission preferences, I must said Red Clay painted itself in the corner. I know the pros and cons in regards to this question but the elimination of specific interest at this time isn’t a good idea. As far as Charter School of Wilmington, at best Red Clay students meeting the specific interest must have first preference. That I will never give up on because Red Clay plays the card Charter School of Wilmington is a “Red Clay” school. Also, Red Clay got it’s way with DE DOE to have all charter schools chartered by Red Clay included in district profile know CSW and DMA would give the district an academic bump and stoke the super’s ego.
One thing for sure, the question in regards to specific interest as it relates to charter schools must be address by state legislator and the time has come for a complete review if this admission preference via impact study. Comes down to this, if it allowable for charter schools which are sold as “public schools” then it should be allowable to traditional public schools. And here comes the capital funding questions! Fine, once the law is passed allowing traditional public schools to set specific interest admission preferences the sure. workout a capital funding formula equal across the board. Better yet, end the referendum process and shift the responsibility of funding capital and operational needs to the state legislators as votechs needs are.