Embattled Markell Administration raises the white flag on charter schools!

Markell: No more charters until strategic plan exists Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Delaware needs to come up with a plan to make sure its schools, especially any new charter schools, are meeting existing needs, and no new charters should be approved until such a plan is in place, Gov. Jack Markell said Thursday.

I am going to throw Publius a bone! There was no need for Governor Markell to make such a declaration and I question his executive powers to do so. As I said many time before, I don’t oppose charter schools as they are part of the school choice process. My concern is certain aspects of the enrollment preferences and this is where the focus on a  review plan needs to be. Governor Markell’s surrender degrades the charter school framework which has been more ridge re: new charter school approvals.

Markell said the state will take a statewide look at what services its students need and what services they might not currently be getting. It would then create a strategic plan to meet those needs  

The question isn’t what services but rather they inequities in the delivery of services via charter schools tied to discriminatory admission preference.   

“As the interest in charters continue to grow, we’ve got to make sure the schools that are opening are the right ones for our families,” Markell said.

Now we need to make all schools; charters, traditional, votech and magnet schools not have admission standards that promote de facto segregation, limit their services that exclude or intentionally limit at-risk and special needs students. As for those magnets schools, so what a student don’t come out the other end a world class musician or dancers! The arts funded via K-12 dollars shouldn’t be reserved for a select few. All public and charter schools should have “enriched” arts for all to participate.  

The move is a direct result of interim recommendations from the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee, which Markell created to find solutions for city schools.

So the recommendation of a city of Wilmington plan should be extended beyond city boundaries? Makes no sense! However, the rapid concentration of charters within the city compounded by four traditional school district within and a votech is a concern as it adds to the fragmentation of community voice. Markell could have made his executive order limited to the city of Wilmington as “that” community had spoken! 

For more on the plan and reaction from charter leaders and others, keep reading DelawareOnline.com and read tomorrow’s edition of the News Journal.

For more of an uninhibited conversation keep reading Kilroy’s Delaware, Transparent Christina, Exceptional Delaware and Delaware Way. Blogs that drive the conversation and effectively impact change for the sake of all children. 

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13 responses to “Embattled Markell Administration raises the white flag on charter schools!

  1. I think there may be a bit more to this than just charter schools. I can’t believe I’m actually going to say this, but Markell may actually be seeing the reality on the ground. “the state will take a statewide look at what services its students need and what services they might not currently be getting” You know where I’m going with this Kilroy, and you know that reality. I’m sure the other guys will call me self-serving, but if you can’t give special needs kids what they need, then you are doing the whole system a disservice. I will have MUCH more to say on this!

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Kevin, It’s all opinions and everyone stops by at Kilroy’s has their’s. Somewhere is all the debates is the truth and without debate we’ll never know the truth. But rest assured Markell’s action is self-serving.

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  2. Joanne Christian

    Oh no Kilroy….sorry to break in…but Conrad is dropping the Redskins name!!! Now, how am I supposed to march around the kitchen? You can’t Mummer to everything!!!!! Oh the boots……

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  3. I didn’t see THAT coming.

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  4. hopeforourstudents

    It must be exhausting for Markell to try and stay one step ahead of the hunting dogs. Kevin Ohlandt, I know you are ever-hopeful something good comes to the exceptional in Delaware and as a parent it doesn’t matter who, what, when, where or why. It just must! You keep talking, you keep pushing, you are doing the right thing for your child and Delaware by sharing all that you do. We are lucky you share, many people don’t. As far as Markell goes, he and Murphy are throwing bones at the dogs of defiance hoping they will just shut up and stop advancing momentarily so they can recover there lost footing. Totally, transparent. Just as a kid steals all the candy from the candy jar, gets noticed and immediately starts putting some back. Make no mistake, he and Murphy (and Jenner too) aren’t doing Delaware students, parents or educators any favors anytime soon.

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  5. lastDEconservative

    “Beldar [empty] Conehead said the state will take a statewide look at what services its students need and what services they might not currently be getting.”

    AND UP UNTIL THIS POINT FOR THE LAST 75 YEARS, THEY’VE BEEN DOING WHAT, EXACTLY?

    ” … interest in charters continue to grow, we’ve got to make sure the schools that are opening are the right ones for our families,”

    WE? WE? ME, BELDAR? WE, COACH, THE DOE, THE GOVT? WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE OUR FAMILIES CHOICES ARE DETERMINED, THUS LIMITED, FIRST BY OURS?????

    One thing I have to give Marxell, he’s a fast learner. As he sees Dear Leader in DC go full-on communist in his last two terms, he’s taking the cue and pulling out all the stops in DE. Fearless in speech (thanks to the sycophantic socialist loving media and a positively brain dead populace), fearless in action (no rebuttal, no argument, no resistance).

    I guess we’d better pledge allegiance to Angos Groot after all, who may be our only hope by his promise that “I will have MUCH more to say on this!” No doubt, the state will temper its liberty shredding actions upon sighting the singly focus caped crusader on the way.

    Don’t wake up Delaware, don’t bother. It will probably hurt less if the final shoe drops while you’re in REM sleep.

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  6. The backpeddling is amusing at best. Coach Murphy and Markell have some work to do and with this round of “high Stakes” testing about to commence across the state it should be interesting to see the fallout. Luckily we are not tied to it as teachers this year but man, we need to get decision makers to understand the reality in some of our schools. I was upstate and now downstate and what a vast difference!!!

    Long time no post but Gus lives!!

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … we need to get decision makers to understand the reality in some of our schools. I was upstate and now downstate and what a vast difference!!!”

      Can’t be. All the kids, all the schools, all the teachers, all the parents MUST be homogeneous, or else the feds and the state would not be leading the govt schooling (not education) system; some sort of local governance system would have been established by now. Right?

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  7. The DOE has said its ok to close Reach and have a single gender boys’ school (Prestige) without a girls’ equivalent for a period of time because closing Reach would allow for another girls’ school to open. With this announcement, is the state leaving itself open to litigation regarding equal access to education?

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    • With this announcement, is the state leaving itself open to litigation regarding equal access to education?

      If anything the moratorium will REDUCE the overall liability, at least as long as it lasts. When it comes to equal access to education, the state has bigger problems than Reach.

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