Daily Archives: January 11, 2015

What is Delaware Tech’s graduation rate and job placement rate? RE: Obama’s Free community College

Free community college? Local leaders want specifics Matthew Albright, The News Journal

President Barack Obama says his plan to offer two years of community college to give up to nine million students across America a better shot at a good job.

While Delaware leaders welcome the broad idea of getting more students degrees or workforce training, they want to see specifics. But they’re hopeful the proposal, if implemented, would supplement or options already to students.

And what is Delaware Tech job placement of current Associate graduates?

Obama said he will unveil more details about the program in his State of the Union speech on Jan. 20. He did say it would cost the federal government about $60 billion, which would pay for about three-quarters; states would pay the rest.

Gov. Jack Markell said Obama’s plan fits well with Delaware’s efforts in recent years to get more students into higher education.

“We welcome additional federal resources for our efforts, and hope that states across the country step up to do the same,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “Our future as a nation depends on it.”

And how would Delaware fund their share? Perhaps with SEED funding! So Delaware is ahead of this agenda.

Now we’re back to job placement? The Washington Post  September 5, 2014. Why Sally can’t get a good job with her college degree  Almost half of all recent college graduates are working at jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, according to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While it might have been rare to see college graduates in these low-quality jobs a few years ago, they’re increasingly the norm these days. That same New York Fed study found that more and more recent college graduates are taking low-wage jobs and working part-time while fewer and fewer of them are working full-time at high-quality jobs”

Where will the capital funding come from to create more space at our community colleges?  

“About 7,400 students have attended DelTech on the scholarship.”  

And Jimmy Olsen didn’t ask what the DelTech graduation and job placement rate is. 

“Our guidance counselors work very hard to give every student every possible option for how to get to college,” said Brandywine School District Superintendent Mark Holodick. “We’re hoping this can be another tool in the toolbox, another way to get a student into higher education.”

OK ! Now we need Markell out of office and a governor that wants to be “governor” than education czar! Why do we have a “gross” receipt tax and then come back and tax on profits after expenses? But yes keep pushing these kids into college because even if 50% of them actually make it to a successful career it would be better than 0% without this push.

What about tuition increases exceeding rate of inflation? 

What is your opinion about state legislators being associated with charter schools ?

Obvious I am totally ticked-off about Delaware State Representative Mike Ramone being associated with a charter school applicant! Delaware State Legislator Mike Ramone is a founding member of LEAN charter school Posted on by kilroysdelaware

Personally I oppose personal involvement in charter schools by state legislators with the exception of if their children attend the charter school. When Newark Charter School first open Senator Dave Sokola was a Newark Charter Board member. So was Rep Hudson on Pendcader’s first school board. I raised hell back then too! But WTF Ramone is on the House Education Committee as was Sokola on Senate Education Committee.  

At best Mike Ramone needs to step-down of the House Education Committee!  Somewhere between morals and ethics this is WRONG!

So what is your opinion?

The dog in Kilroy’s house is spot on!

Kilroy wrote:

“LEAN plans on having teacher /parent conferences on November 23rd the day before Thanksgiving and there is no school for students that day! Do you honestly think parents with children home and being the day before Thanksgiving will want to engage in teacher / parent conferences in person or even by phone? ”

No dog in this fight wrote:

As I understand charter schools in Delaware, they are free-choice schools. No one is forced to go to one, right? So, if people don’t like how conferences will be scheduled, they won’t enroll their children, and if very few choose it, the school will either never open or will close. If I am correct about this, why does Kilroy care about the strange schedule? 

Kilroy’s response

OUCH Dog! You got me! And this is how debate works and how we can learn! You are 100% correct on this point! Publius stop smiling 🙂

LEAN charter school is proposing a “Balanced Calender”. First day of school for students is August 8th for 9th grade and August 10th for 10th grade. However, there is student orientation days July 27, 28 and 29. School is closed October 13 for professional development and from October 14-31 for Fall Vacation. Last day of the school years is June 21th. LEAN does have provisions for summer school called Summer School Credit Recovery. LEAN plans to serve 9-12th grade students via their Balanced Calendar aka Year Round School which will be the first in the state. So eat some of my own words, yes LEAN is offering something unique and different! However, State Representative Mike Ramone’s support of starting the school year after Labor Day to appease Senator Hocker contradicts his support of a year round school. The Labor Day Task-force has completed their mission and we’ll see if legislation comes to a vote and will be watching Rep Ramone’s vote. However odds are that vote won’t come until after LEAN is approved or not. But in any respects it should be a no vote for Ramone since he supports LEAN’s mission.  

I am still fuming that Rep Ramone who serves on the House Education Committee is a founding member of LEAN. Certainly he’ll have to sustain from voting on legislation that supports charter schools or legislation that has a direct impact associated with charter schools.

Yes this political poison in LEAN application does cloud the issue. LEAN does have something “different” and “unique” traditional public school don’t offer. But when you have a state legislators hands involved to this extent it’s bad! But then again, we have a DE DOE employee being the founder of a California charter school.       

Did you know Delaware charter schools can open with as little as 20 students!

UPDATE 01/11/2015 4:00 p.m. Good debate in comment section whereas one are of the legislation was stricken but changes in another section clarifies moving same enrollment requirement. But there is more re: new charter applications  

SENATE BILL NO. 234 Jul 15, 2014 – Signed by Governor

§ 503 Legal status.

A charter school is a public school including 2 or more of grade kindergarten through 12 and having at least 200 students (provided, however, that a charter school may enroll fewer than 200 but no less than 100 students in its first 2 years of operation or for a charter school serving at-risk or special education students), managed by a board of directors, which operates independently of any school board, under a charter granted for an initial period of 4 school years of operation and renewable every 5 school years thereafter by a public school district or the State Department of Education (hereinafter in this chapter, “Department”) with the approval of the State Board of Education (hereinafter in this chapter, “State Board”), pursuant to this chapter. For purposes of this chapter as it relates to the management of a charter school, the board of directors of a charter school shall be a public body subject to the requirements of Chapter 100 of Title 29 and shall have the same standing and authority as a Reorganized School District Board of Education, except the power to tax. The Department with the approval of the State Board of Education may also approve a charter school which plans to enroll fewer than 200 students in special circumstances, such as an on-site charter school proposed by a business as an extension of an on-site early learning or day care center.

So now Title 14 Chapter 5 , 503 Legal Status read this and is current law: 

A charter school is a public school including 2 or more of grade kindergarten through 12 managed by a board of directors, which operates independently of any school board, under a charter granted for an initial period of 4 school years of operation and renewable every 5 school years thereafter by a public school district or the State Department of Education (hereinafter in this chapter, “Department”) with the approval of the State Board of Education (hereinafter in this chapter, “State Board”), pursuant to this chapter. For purposes of this chapter as it relates to the management of a charter school, the board of directors of a charter school shall be a public body subject to the requirements of Chapter 100 of Title 29 and shall have the same standing and authority as a Reorganized School District Board of Education, except the power to tax.

Folks charter schools are no longer required to have 200 students or more! A charter school can be 20 students as long as there are two grade levels. DE DOE cannot denial an application based on number of students. Folks, once charter organizers grasp the understanding of changes in this section of the law you can bet we’ll see micro-charter schools with 50 students. The Vine charter school application is for 180 students max between grades 6-8. 

House Bill 234 had multiple changes beyond required number of students and I don’t think our legislators comprehended the ramifications of not setting a minimum number of students required to open a charter school. There has been so much pressure on the State Auditor in concerns with charter schools his office just doesn’t have enough staff. It doesn’t matter if a school is 50 or 500 students, the audit process is the same. Same goes for Jenny and her DE DOE team. Charter schools and traditional public schools need effective ongoing oversight. And what about the LEAD report calling for consolidation of school districts? re: over bloated administration! All the micro-charter schools would required administration.  We’re going in the WRONG DIRECTION! We need to not allow micro-charter schools. DE DOE cannot use the number of students as a basis for denial! I think our legislators need to stop and look at this concern and repeal this section in the law and go back to the requirement of at least 200 students!

I have a hunch the modification of this section in the law has to do with Pre-K and Kindergarten. Once Pre-K becomes fully funded we’ll see charter schools for Pre-K and Kindergarten. There was an underlining motive aka agenda for the change! You can bet on that!