According to a statement from Gateway’s board of directors, the 212-student school – 60 percent of which are on an Individual Education Program – requested and was granted special dispensation from the DOE to evaluate their performance against schools with similar populations.
This “alternative academic framework,” however, was deferred to the 2015-16 school year, leaving the school to be evaluated against the regular DCAS framework in the current 2014-15 school year.
“We contend that standardized testing is an ineffective tool to use to measure a school’s performance whose student population is over 60 percent special education,” the board statement reads. “It compares special education students to traditional students who are without an educational plan.”
So the Delaware Department of Education can’t get their heads out of their asses and forced the delay of “alternative Academic Framework” for Delaware’s special needs children. Talk about a lawsuit! Apparently DE DOE acknowledges the need for the alternative framework whereas old framework isn’t suitable. Folks this is more proof Jack Markell is a failure and has no compassion for special needs children. Shame on you Jack!
What get’s me is, the Delaware legislators sit-by and do nothing! The time has come for changes at DE DOE right down to the PIO job!
DOE spokesperson Allison May said that concerned residents can also submit comments online at doe.k12.de.us, or at InfoCSO@doe.k12.de.us. May said that online comments will be accepted for review until Dec. 12. If the secretary accepts the committee’s recommendation, the state will assist families in finding other schools for the next academic year, according to the DOE website.
Folks screw DE DOE because the decision was made! I urge the Delaware PTA to engage this issue and demand Gateway stay open until DE DOE rolls out the alternative framework and that framework be review by PTA. If Delaware PTA can’t use their so-called parent power to advocate for special needs children and parent it’s time for a stand-alone parent organization that serves the needs of special ed students. What is happening to Gateway is an attack on all special needs students and parents. Honestly, this is a defining moment for PTA.
Perhaps Gateway needs to be closed. However, it is clear the means to measure their “service” to special needs children and parents is flawed enough they had to call for an alternative measuring tool. My position isn’t about supporting charter schools but rather supporting “school choice”. Gateway seems to be failing in the eyes of DE DOE and not in the eyes of children and parents. When it comes to special needs children, the IEP should rule the day not Jack Markell.
Schools, charters and magnet who cherry picks their students seems to gain all the praise from Markell and Murphy. However, schools traditional and charters who hold the doors open equally for all children are the ones being beaten down by a corrupt governor and department of education. Do something state legislators!