Reach and Moyer Charter schools set to close at the end of this school year! What are your feelings on this issue?

So what do you think? Was DE DOE’s / State Board of Education’s decision right in calling for the closure of Reach and Moyer charter schools?

To me, it really sucks that adults have failed these children. Perhaps there needs to be a state framework on qualifications on who can serve on charter school boards.

Then there is the Delaware Department of Education charter school unit! New leadership was installed and we mark success with closures of charter schools? 

Then there is charter school financial fiasco! Delaware law “requires” DE DOE assigned an employee to the all charter school Citizen Budget Oversight Committee as “participating members” not observers. How in the F#c*k can charter schools be using bank credit cards where expenditure aren’t filter through the state accounting system like state issue P-cards with DE DOE being on the CBOC? The forward process of the charter school revolution has stalled because DE DOE employees lack the skill-sets and capacity to understand, DE DOE was meant to provide technical assistance. DE DOE has become an extension of Governor Markell and an out of control Frankenstein. 

2106 election will be bearing down on us soon and you’ll see the DE DOE cockroaches start to scramble. The Markell school reform house of cards will fall and it will take 4-5 years to rebuild DE DOE back to a respectable trustworthy organization. However, meantime children are being victimized and parents being hoodwinked      

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29 responses to “Reach and Moyer Charter schools set to close at the end of this school year! What are your feelings on this issue?

  1. “To me, it really sucks that adults have failed these children.”

    When have children failed adults?

    2016 will come and nothing will change. The same old same old. And then people will bitch and moan about how horrible they are.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “2016 will come and nothing will change. The same old same old.”

      As sure as the sun rises in the east. Ditto for 2017, 2018, and on till the end. Unless enough of us tea party “thugs” (proudly, for myself) wake up enough of the sleeping and wrest back control.

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    • Have you really looked into what the tea party and its followers actually want for bublic schools?

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    • lastDEconservative

      Of course not, O., that wouldn’t fit the narrative of last would it?

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  2. hopeforourstudents

    I still don’t understand how the federal and/or state government can finance a privately run school, yet not hold it responsible and accountable in all ways as a they do public schools.Those who sold the idea to the citizens of our nation were flim-flam artists and have a financial stake in privatization of public schools. There is something rotten in Denmark, er…I mean Delaware.

    It surely doesn’t take a mental giant to figure out that charter schools are ripe for misappropriations and misconduct in very damaging ways. I know public schools aren’t perfect, but the expectations for all public schools are the same. It burns my butt that my tax payments are being used to fund exclusivity, inequality and so called opportunities for some and not all. It’s crap and should never have ever been legal to do in the first place.

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    • Publius e decere

      Closure appears to be the State’s way of holding Reach and Moyer accountable. Publicizing and then firing the P-Card abusers and having the board step down in the case of FFA. The State made a show of saying they “might” insist on similar accountability in the district managed Priority schools but last time I checked they were all still open and operating. And as for misue of tax proceeds, last time I checked Christina still owned an outsized idle factory paid for and maintained empty, year after year, with millions in tax proceeds. As for your tirade about exclusivity and inequality, you might try looking up the three charter schools which are the subject of the blog post and try doing your homework first. Same with your easy slander about conflict of interest in the 1990s when charter legislation was passed. Not to mentin the continuity popularity of charter schools as a viable choice for families. I realize that doing the work might take a “mental giant” but we can Hope you are up to the task.

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    • hopeforourstudents

      I like your style of debate, [Puwb]. Inferring is a wonderful comprehension skill. Due to the usage of complex patterns in my construct and the high level vocabulary used in my written text caused such a high-level of confusion on your part, I will break it down for you. I am against vouchers and charter schools and do not approve of my tax money being used to fund them. I could not give a hoot about these two specific charters, although I could pontificate on the details for hours. My opinion of the approval of vouchers and charter schools legislation was formed long, long ago. Since you failed to support your comment with any pertinent information, I will simply disregard most of what you said based on your inferior reading comprehension and debate skills. Thank you for your time and the entertainment of your foile de grandeur! Lol

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    • Publius e decere

      I got you on the first pass: Hopeless Blunderkind. You simply nailed the box shut on the second pass: Hopeless Hobgoblin.

      Charter schools are poplar, they exist due to widespread public will, and they are a permanent part of public education reality. Vouchers are an ascendant topic and they will take their place in the mix before long. The most outspoken voucher advocate in our locale is Kilroy himself.

      Check the opinion piece in todays TNJ “Comment” section. Reviving the ideal of common schools. Complex history, subordinating the agenda of educators to the agenda of the familes they serve, school choice reigning supreme. The author’s conclusion is to return direction toward that ideal by leveling the field with vouchers. A one-size-fits-all solution? Hardly. But at least there is real Hope in it.

      Publius

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    • hopeforourstudents

      Hopeless Blunderkind? Hopeless Hobgoblin? [Puwb], you’ve outdone yourself! Lol Love it!

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    • Hope, your thoughts on vo-tech?

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    • hopeforourstudents

      I believe vocational schools serve a very important role in in education and our society! See my Rushing to Judgement Has Been a BIG and Costly Mistake to read more.

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    • “fund exclusivity, inequality and so called opportunities for some and not all”

      You obviously mean the exclusivity to fund programs like race to the top (which provided DOE and TPS’s lots of exclusive money administratively but never reached the classroom), the inequality that good students are finding it hard to get appropriate level education in many of our TPS’s (especially H/S’s) because the schools are not (or cannot) enforcing behavioral control due to Jea S. and Eric Holder, and the so called opportunities being offered to the less than motivated students with demands for more money, facilities and higher qualified teachers in lieu of utilizing those resources for maybe better behaved and academically engaged students? Is that what you mean? I’m sorry I don’t understand better, the inferences are just too wide ranging for full comprehension. Does it burn your butt that some of the brightest or most engaged students are having to seek alternatives because their opportunities are diminished due to TPS’s being forced to address low academic & behavioral performances? Would a purging of educational thought at the federal and DOE level be a worthy place to start reconsidering who “deserves” resources rather than direct vitriol at parents and students seeking better opportunities? Would the wasting of billions at the federal level and millions at the state level be a worthy area to pontificate on? Union appeasing capital funding streams, grant money for RTTT, Eduacational malaise from institutional fatigue, Facility neglect. All part of the billions wasted but the redirection of funds to charters, and potentially vouchers, are the devil incarnate?

      Maybe GMAB has a point, the 800lb gorilla in the room, that the progressives continue to fail to understand.

      “Some day people will figure out it’s not the school…”
      If it was the simply the school, the Kansas school boondoggle wouldn’t have failed.
      http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/roddreher/2010/03/why-did-kansas-citys-public-schools-fail.html#

      “Give me a school of middle to upper middle class kids with a mediocre staff and I will “pass the test” … Give me a bunch of poor and needy kids with disengaged parents and a great teaching staff and it will fail!”

      hmmm. What’s the secret sauce? What is the variable? Who’ll offer the golden ticket?

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … start reconsidering who “deserves” resources rather than direct vitriol at parents and students seeking better opportunities?”

      Amen, brother. Or sister.

      If we have any chance at all at silencing the lullaby that keeps otherwise smart-enough people slumbering as the ship sinks, this might be the rallying cry. I’ve said it so many times in so many ways; this is as good a use of the language as any. Shout it from the rafters!

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    • Notice the crickets LDC?
      Either I’m too stupid to respond to or too rational to be responded to. Doesn’t matter because they end up with money one way or the other. Who’s willing to bet on CSD’s referendum. Notice no change in auditing themselves, restructuring, or selling real estate they’re upside down on. True financial competency there but give them more money for the children.

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    • Publius e decere

      Nice one MRyder.

      CSD is “upside down” on real estate. Right on. They own a danged Taj Mahal industrial facility which no one ever calls them out on. They won’t sell it despite the reality of NO FORECASTED NEED FOR IT. If they were a charter they would be dragged through the coals, in all five dimensions, over it.

      I would love to see the CSD board justify the reason for keeping this property. All I have seen over the past five years is some of the current members blaming the past members for buying it. Yeah, OK. But since you have been on the board what have you ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED in returning funds to the public? The answer is a clear “nada, nunca, zed, nothing, zero”.

      Before seeking to raising taxes on the public, CSD should have completed basic fiduciary responsibility by divesting the Astro Power industrial facility before asking property owners to pay more tax assessments into the district’s vigorish. This misuse of public funds totals in the millions andf far exceed the other gross misuses of public funds we have witnessed over the past few years.

      Publius

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  3. Give me a break

    Ho hum…. Some day people will figure out it’s not the school it’s the number of reasonably connected parents that make a good school… Give me a school of middle to upper middle class kids with a mediocre staff and I will “pass the test” … Give me a bunch of poor and needy kids with disengaged parents and a great teaching staff and it will fail!
    Also LDC…I didn’t know (but should have realized) you were a tea bagger… Tell me from the tea bag side of things…you guys were duped by Sara Palin and you know this now, right?

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    • Publius e decere

      Your (education) point seems to be that teachers don’t matter. We’ll let you own that one 100%. 🙂

      You might find interesting a summary of Horace Mann’s vision in today’s TNJ Comment piece: “(with respect to the architecture of common schools) The teacher was the agent of the parents, exercising authority on their behalf, much as an upper-class faily might assign the same role to a governess or tutor.” Now THAT is a ripe launch-pad for debate.

      Reading the entire opinion piece, it seems to be a glove-fit endorsement for a locality to have a collection of family-centric differentiated schools (read: magnet, charter, vo-tech, district) and to have a system of vouchers to help level the field between private and public schools. All in the pursuit of family choice as to what school to attend.

      This “trifecta” is put forth by the author as the true modern embodiment of the public schooling ideal. An to think this opinion came from a Yale law professor, another ripe launch-pad for debate.

      Pubius

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    • lastDEconservative

      Come back and ask a question when you grow up, break.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Ped, the common schools article was a intellectually stimulating piece, replete with commendable and detestable ideas, well deserving of debate, thus refinement. Alas, it’s not likely to be debated, or even discussed in this forum. New folks here like hope are far too intellectually gifted to come down to the level of such an examination, while the usual suspects, O., give, Angos, JoKo Ono, and the rest of our friends will offer the same stale, hopelessly shallow epithets as always. Of course, if these and Eve and pandora and the rest actually read the piece, they will probably spontaneously combust when the read the part about religion’s contribution to schooling and vice versa. Poof!

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  4. “Those who sold the idea to the citizens of our nation were flim-flam artists…”

    They’re called politicians and people continually buy what they sell hook line and sinker. Remember Markell’s blueprint for Delaware? NO PART OF IT WAS EVEN CONSIDERED. They say it and the groupies suck it up like mothers teat milk

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  5. Give me a break

    Come on LDC… Not many people openly admit to being a tea party backer… I’m not sure why but they don’t. Ok now that you are out I just want to know (and I voted for her) don’t you feel stupid for supporting the dumbest person ever for the office of VP. I’m not a tea bagger but I’m a card carrying republican and it is freaking embarrassing that your end of the party is supporting such blatant stupidity…. Yikes.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Give,
      Part of the reason you fail to see the distinction which is last is your “card carrying” admission. Perhaps you’ve noticed my very apt (thank you) naming for your so-called leaders, the banner carriers — and the believers such as yourself apparently — the GOMeToo. I turned in my card years ago after many preceding of donations of time and money, walking with candidates, putting up signs, knocking on doors, -sigh- , I must stop reminding myself of a portion of life wasted.

      Then there’s your use of “tea bagger,” pejorative at best, dimwitted at worst, as you rail about “stupidity”? So, as my mother used to remind me, I “consider the source.” Expect to be regarded the same in much larger circles than mine unless and until you can make a reasoned argument. With which, by the way, I would happily engage. You see, I believe in fundamental conservatism (also a word, hopelessly unable to portray the fullness of the use I make of it), which you and your fellow card carriers eschewed long ago in favor of Commie-Light. One example, then off to make something, so I can reply when the takers come.

      Right to Work. The Delaware GOMeToo seriously proposes the equivalent of long since illegal spot-zoning to create islands of, well, liberty, economic freedom. Really? Islands? I’ve asked several of the culprits why they act ‘dusty rose’ when we so desperately need ‘fire engine red.’ The tiring but utterly predictable answer? “We know we can’t turn the whole state, so we’re trying to do something … wait for it … something the Dems will agree to let us argue for.” Or words to that effect. By the way, this is the same answer for -every- half baked MeToo concoction of the last how many years.

      Palin, like her or lump her, has awakened a fair share of the electorate, and provided encouragement for them and many. Just as Ocommie, Alinsky, Reid, et.al. provide aid and comfort to the enemies of the nation, within and without. Think about it. Look beyond the superficial that seems to irritate you irrationally and count the results, moving the needle in the direction you presumably claim to support.

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    • lastDEconservative

      PS: ” … the dumbest person ever for the office of VP.” Making who second? Not Biden.

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  6. Give me a break

    LDC I do admit that you seem to be a pretty well thought out of your ilk. To answer your question I think in my lifetime Dan Quayle would be the dumbest followed closely by Delawarej Joe.
    I must admit I did get one of those neat hats you guys wear on a 4th grade field trip to Constitution Hall. I don’t know whatever happened to it.
    BTW calling the president of the US a commie is kind of what makes your organization the joke that it is.

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  7. For the truest description of some-people-here’s “feelings” one must go here.... It is tough to see, truth usually is, but in this case, you owe it to your children… Let me know if you were able to make it all the way to its end… .

    I guess the real lesson should be: Kilroy, be careful what you ask for…….

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    • lastDEconservative

      THAT … was a low blow, kavips. Don’t do it denizens, don’t click. At least not if you have rope or razor blades in your house.

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  8. lastDEconservative

    Speaking of feelings, how do you all feel about this?

    A New Jersey third grade teacher was suspended after requiring her class to compose “get well” letters to Pennsylvania cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The kids’ letters were given to the inmate after he returned to prison from a brief hospital stay, due to complications from diabetes.

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