DE DOE revokes choice school law for Reach students

Reach Academy for Girls sues again to stay open Matthew Albright, The News Journal

The Reach Academy for Girls charter school has again sued, this time in a different court, in a last-ditch attempt to stay open after a previous lawsuit failed.

Reach is slated to close at the end of the year after Secretary of Education Mark Murphy decided not to renew its charter, citing test scores that were among the worst in the state and not improving.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Chancery Court, argues the Department of Education decided not to renew the school’s charter solely because of low performance on test scores and did not sufficiently consider other evidence parents and others submitted that the school was the right fit for their kids.

The lawsuit says department officials did not include in an electronic docket comments from a public meeting in which members of the school community pleaded with the state to keep Reach open. That means Murphy didn’t have a complete record when he made his decision, they argue.

It all goes back to SCHOOL CHOICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DE DOE closes Reach for not meeting AYP but allows parents to Choice their children in schools that don’t meet AYP. The real lawsuit for parents should be is, DE DOE is assigning Reach students to traditional feeder schools not meeting AYP and not requiring other charter schools to push Reach students ahead of the enrollment line.

At the end of the day it’s not for the kids! It’s for Jack Markell’s ego!   

21 responses to “DE DOE revokes choice school law for Reach students

  1. Publius e decere

    Funny, I thought that districts did the assigning to such schools.

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    • lastDEconservative

      As we inexorably move closer to the future portrayed in Hunger Games, “district” takes on an ever more eery connotation.

      I think Ayn would be proud of the HG franchise.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      When charters are forced closed the student’s enrollment defaults to their feeder school unless parents /students use “Choice”. “reassigned” by DE DOE

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    • Publius e decere

      Actually, when the school closes the student default to the DISTRICT’S assignment. A poor version of District Knows Best.

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  2. It appears, even more blatantly than ever…. that ALL (public and charter) schools in competition for the new Mega Charter off Rodney Square, are being closed for any trumped up reason created to foster their decline..

    It is too obvious to be ANY thing else.

    I for one, am having a hard time even believing these low test scores supposedly being offered. How can anyone trust the one single entity that is so voraciously focused on pushing this one single, extremely unpopular thing upon the citizens of Wilmington, to honestly report scores if their data happened NOT to corroborate their policy?

    You can’t. There is not that much trust.. We need an independent audit of those scores before we go forward.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “We need an independent audit of those scores before we go forward.”

      I know, let’s get the feds to do it! BWAHAHAHAHA!

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  3. Just a FYI…Reach Academy did meet AYP.

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  4. Yes, Reach did improve and met AYP. Do tell me again why they are being closed?

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  5. How does a school with supposedly low test scores meet AYP?

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  6. If you look at the CSAC reports across the various remewals, the inconsistency is blatant. In the report conclusion for DAPPS, It says “Mr Blownan stated that the school’s overall performance shied a school that initially struggled, but is trending In the right direction and had a plan moving forward. He noted that the Financial Framewirk section does not meet standard, but stated that is but a concern. He added that Organuzational Franework does meet the standard. Mr Blownan also acknowledged that the Academic Framework does not meet the standard, but noted that it’s not far away from meeting the standard”

    The Reach conclusion says “…he noted that the role of CSAC is not really to predict what will happen next test or at the end of this school year, but to base it’s decisions on performance to date. He acknowledged that the school is doing a tremendous amount of work to improve student outcomes and has high hopes for further student improvements this year. However, the Code required that renewal decisions be based on oervormsnce to date, already demonstrated and not future promises”.

    My point here is which is it???????

    DAPSS did not meet on two categories – including Financials which is somehow of no concern – but they have a “plan”. FFA – where do you even start on that??! It was renewed based on this great new plan brokered by DCSN, to hell with the past.

    SO WHICH IS IT??????

    I will go one step further. I am NOT a conspiracy theorist but i really think the Gateway recommendation was a total ruse. It was a given all along that Reach would be a non- renewal but given that Moyer had just been revoked, the DOE needed to tread a bit carefully. ‘ Hey – let’s put another school up for non-renewal…. one that the community will really rally behind and that we can “save” without risking our “get tough” reputations. Yeah, yeah… We can renew that one in the end, and look like we’re really reasonable and willing to work with worthy schools’. No disrespect to the Gateway community at all – I think you all got played and it’s reprehensible.

    Bottom line – these people have an agenda and they use the processes as they see fit to further that agenda. They don’t know sh*t about the daily realities of education but they aren’t dumb – they’re crafty and more than capable of whatever dirty tricks are necessary to forward their agenda. Collateral damage means nothing to them not do the kids.

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  7. The DOE will play any game, manipulate any amount of data, and screw over anyone to get their way, which as we all know, is Markell’s way, which is Rodel’s way. We all know who pulls the strings in Delaware…

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    • Publius e decere

      I thought the strings in Delaware were pulled by Kilroy, Kevin and Kavips.

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    • Not sure I like your analogy there Publius. Show some taste next time…wait, you don’t have any…

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    • I see what you did there Publius.

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    • An ironic statement coming from someone who supports a school with an African-American population hovering around 6% in Wilmington, wouldn’t you say John? Christina is what, 40%? And Red Clay, 22.4%? My son goes to a district that is 52%. Must be easy to throw stones in that glass house Publius. Let me know in 10 years how your beloved school is doing, okay?

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    • Publius e decere

      These are the three bloggers who never fail to remind us that they are connected to the education powers and that they are working on things we will find out about in the future. Kilroy always refers to his power-couple links, Kevin always says “there is a big thing coming Bro, so look out”, and Kavips always says — well, I can’t track what Kavips says due to its sheer intolerant polarity. They collectively assert their my-way-or-the-highway ideology, and cast inferences of their greater connectivity. In short, they believe they pull the strings.

      Sad, isn’t it.

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    • I’m not sure what you’re talking about Publius, but you better get out of my way. Because something big is coming, something so big it’s going to make Skylab look like a feather. The sky is falling on the DOE! (was that what you were referring to?)

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  8. Troll getting a bit grumpy? You usually make such a pretense of fitting in.

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