Reach Academy for Girls is once again suing the Department of Education to avoid closure, making it the second Wilmington charter school fighting a legal battle with the state to stay open.
The schools, both of which serve mostly black, low-income students, argue that closure would rob families of schools they feel are the best fit for their children. But even some charter school supporters say the state needs to be able to close under-performing charters or hundreds of children each year won’t get the education they need to succeed.
It a nutshell, if parents are permitted to choice their children in traditional and charter schools not meeting federal standards re: not meeting AYP, why should Reach and Moyer parents chose these schools even knowing they are at the bottom of the Meece’s crab barrel?
“Last year, the school leaders said they just need one more year,” Murphy said when he announced his decision to close the school. “In one year, the nominal growth is not enough.”
Growth is growth and something to build on!
“DoE leadership, past and present, created these charter schools knowing full well they were high-poverty and segregated,” Street said. “Then they didn’t give them any more resources, they just come in talking about firing and closing. The Department of Education should be ashamed of itself.”
But Jea, black parents made the “choice”! No one forced these parents to make that choice. High-poverty schools do receive extra funding called Title 1. Then there is the Longwood Foundation helping selected high poverty charter schools. Charter School of Wilmington had their hand out and didn’t get a dime.
Jea, give Jenny a call a float the idea of supporting changes in legislation permitting the City of Wilmington the authority to authorize charter school and once legislation is signed by Markell, Reach and Moyer can request their charter to move under the City of Wilmington authority. I think it would be a major will for Moyer and Reach and a welcome relief to DE DOE. The cost of legal battles only hurts the taxpayers and children. Wilmington could start the process of being more engaged and adding that mayoral control. Also the city can install members on the charters board of directors.