Delaware charter schools losing luster ! Can’t fill seats~!

3 Delaware charter schools short on enrollment  Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Three New Castle County charter schools are having trouble finding enough students, raising questions about whether too many charter school are competing against each other and traditional schools for students. 

State officials placed Freire Charter School, Delaware Design Lab High School and Prestige Academy on “formal review” Thursday because the schools are well short of their enrollment targets.

Not sure what the hell is going on but one thing for sure , ever since Delaware Charter Schools Network got and new leader more charters struggle and fall victim to closure.

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12 responses to “Delaware charter schools losing luster ! Can’t fill seats~!

  1. They can’t handle the truth…. Public Schools Rule…. charters, drool…. There is no way a charter can ever do better than a public school.

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  2. How many times has Dave Sokola stood up and said: we need more and more charter schools because parents demand it…

    Ok. Dave. Where are they?

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  3. Charter schools can’t fill seats and public schools can’t handle the ones they have in the seats, what a conundrum

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  4. Expect a sudden flood of corporate money pushing charter enrollment. Charters are the heavy weaponry in business’s war against unions.

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  5. More to the point the charter market in Delaware is saturated. The early charters like CSW and Newark Charter could make it as schools with broad appeal. But they have no real charter competitors. Any more, kids who can’t get into CSW end up in the IB program at Dickinson or Brandywine, or apply to Conrad. This has left charters in the position of over-specializing. There really aren’t enough parents demanding a non-violence no-second-chances school, or–come to that–a fitness-based middle school. And even if there are for one year or two, there aren’t enough on a consistent basis to fill the seats.

    Think about it this way: why isn’t there a charter school out there attempting to compete head-to-head with Cab Calloway? Most likely because the population of die-hard entertainment/arts students/parents in the area is only large enough to support one big middle school and one big high school, regardless of whether you call it charter, magnet, or traditional.

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    • Publius e decere

      You just made the case for removing enrollment ceilings. Well done.

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    • Nice try. CSW doesn’t possess the staff or the space to expand enrollment more than about 35-50 above what it has now, and in case you never checked, I don’t think Red Clay has ever refused CSW a requested enrollment increase.

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    • Publius e decere

      I was thinking more about NCS. They could and would likely expand about 200-300% if they were given the freeboard to enroll all who are interested. Provided that they were allowed to pursue all forms of state-related conduits for capital funding.

      Similarly, a school like CSW could probably do a lot of creative things to expand if it had the durable assurance that there was no ceiling on enrollment. And the availability of public school conduit capital.

      And let’s not forget MOT and Sussex Academy. An assured freedom from enrollment limits ( limits which are imposed by their authorizers) could prove to be the key to giving the public what it actually wants and will support.

      Publius

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    • Publius e decere

      And yes, you did (still) make the clear case for elimination of enrollment ceilings. Which of course is in the public interest

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  6. Vicki Seifred

    Has anyone heard about Moyer running a half day schedule for the rest of the year? If so, is this legal????.?

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