Christina district gets reprieve on Priority Schools Matthew Albright, The News Journal
The Christina School District’s three Priority Schools in inner-city Wilmington can keep their principals and teachers next year while state leaders grapple with a redistricting plan that would hand over all of the district’s schools in the city limits to the Red Clay School District.
The Christina School Board voted Tuesday night to approve a one-year agreement with the Department of Education that would leave Bancroft and Stubbs elementary schools and Bayard Middle School under Christina’s banner for a year.
“We agreed that the best thing for those kids would be to provide a stable environment with some of the things we had planned for which we had funding,” said Board President Frederick Polaski, who helped to negotiate the deal with the state.
Though the most controversial part of Priority Schools – removing school staff – is no longer on the table, there will be some changes.
It is so refreshing to see education leaders like Freeman Williams stand up to a political bully like Governor Jack Markell. Markell has done nothing but bullied district leaders with threats of funding cuts or takeovers if district leaders didn’t support his agenda! Race to The Top is case in point. The best thing for Christina is for Markell the stay the F out and same goes for Markell’s bought and paid for so-called civil rights leaders selling out Wilmington’s children. When so-called civil rights leaders stand shoulder to shoulder with Markell they become enablers in Markell’s social rape games!