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.
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