Legislation to kill the 5 mile charter school preference in the pipeline

148th General Assembly

House Bill 83

Primary Sponsor(s):

Kowalko

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Henry


Co-Sponsors:

Rep. Potter; Sen. McDowell


Introduced On:

04/16/2015


Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.


Synopsis of Bill:

This bill requires that all charter schools not discriminate against applicants based on their homes’ location in comparison to the school. The bill also eliminates the possibility of a preference in the charter. Thus, this bill eases the restrictions on the enrollment process for students residing within a 5-mile radius of the school.


Current Status: House Education Committee   On  04/16/2015
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36 responses to “Legislation to kill the 5 mile charter school preference in the pipeline

  1. it’s a shame that the one good area where Charter Schools could do some good, which is reform schools, now no one wants to touch, because they will be immediately closed because of the obsessive focus by only this administration on test scores that today don’t mean a thing……

    If we could send all public schools’ problems to a charter reform school, run like those overseen by the prison departments in the olden days, we would have pretty good public schools….

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    • “If we could send all public schools’ problems to a charter reform school, run like those overseen by the prison departments in the olden days, we would have pretty good public schools….”

      they are already in existence – Newark, Glasgow, McKean, Dickinson, Ferris, William Penn

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  2. There is no way this bill will pass. And if it does, you can bet that NCS is going to start looking like most of the other charters in Delaware— not so good. Let’s see how great they are when they have to accept kids outside the 5 mile radius. It’ll take a few years to see the results since they accept very few students in grades other than their new kindergarten class.

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    • Mike Matthews

      I’d be interested in hearing any rationale as to why anyone thinks this shouldn’t pass. I mean, seriously, WHAT is the REAL reason the radius exists? Let’s get real here, people…

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    • Mike the only real question is the transportation issue. Is it treated the same as choice or would the charter have to make full transportation arrangements?

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    • Publius e decere

      The reason for the 5-mile preference is to be neighborhood-relevant. Just like feeder patterns at district-run schools. This is it, plain and simple. It is a sensible adjunct to the alternative district-run schools with feeder patterns.

      If you object to the 5-mile circle preference, then do you also object to the district preference? Do you also object to the sibling preference which favors large families?

      All preferences favor someone. Isn’t it fair to favor families who live close to the school? This makes far more sense than to favor students who live within an irrelevant political district, or to favor students whose parents decided to have multiple children. Really, should a six-child family have favorable access over a one-child family? Snd then, yes, shouldn’t student who demonstrate specific interest in the school’s methods, philosophies and focus have a preference? It makes complete sense — yes.

      Personally I favor a sibling preference, for 9-12 6-12 or KL-12. It advocates for family commitment to a school. I favor a district-residence preference but only for a school which is authorized by that district. and I favor the 5-mile circle preference as a reasonable geographic substitute for district preference for schools which are not authorized by the local district.

      The 5-mile preference is reasonable. It is comparable to feeder patterns of adjacent district schools. It is right.

      Publius

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    • Mike, the radius is a preference simply to address the issue of children attending a school near where they live. In this age of stupidity, a construct has been created to somehow make the very rational desire for kids to stay close to home to somehow be something evil and vile. It is BS. I, along with most parents, want their children to go to a local school. The issue is many of our local schools stink because of twisted social engineering. Why would u argue that kids should be transported 20 miles away for inferior education? Some racial quota distribution is a BS justification yet that is presently the only reason to continue doing what they are doing to Christina.

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  3. This is a step toward true charter reform. Let’s see what the Education Committee does with it.

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  4. john kowalko

    Arthur,
    You are a pathetically unendowed creator of references and arguments that have absolutely no legitimate reason for being proffered in an intelligent dialogue or discussion. Recuse yourself or risk the embarrassment of your own words.
    Representative John Kowalko

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    • Publius e decere

      Another informed opinion from John Kowalko. Nice, civil, smart. He is the whole package.

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    • lastDEconservative

      JoKo Ono has his big-word pants on again. Again the image of a bag lady wearing all her clothing and jewelry in the absence of a closet rushes in.

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    • Hey John, The NSA was passed by the legislature and the kowalkos continue to thwart it. So a law initiated by residents and COMMUNITIES, passed by the legislature is being violated by a legislator proposing yet another law that a majority don’t want just like busing.

      And here you are again name calling and insulting an actual resident. Classy. Most know where the true embarrassment is.

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  5. By doing what john, asking how transportation will be provided to Newark charter for a student in Wilmington or the Brandywine school district? How will it work? Will it be like choice and the student must be driven to the closest bus stop?

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    • How about the same transportation mechanism that is used for TPS in the suburbs that have students who live in the city of Wilmington? Send a bus to pick them up and deliver them to school. Do the opposite at the end of the day.

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  6. john kowalko

    In the last five budgets Newark Charter (and all other charters in Delaware), despite being mandated by code to return money from their very significant transportation allotment, have been excused from the lawful requirement (in Delaware Code Title 14) to return money allotted specifically for transportation expenses and have been allowed (by the Joint Finance Committee decision to use “epilogue language” to contravene that chapter in Delaware code requiring the return of unspent transportation funds) to keep the unspent (for the allocated purpose) transportation funds averaging in excess of $1 million each year despite my protestations and efforts to address this misappropriation of taxpayer money. So let me summarize for your uninformed benefit. Newark Charter has been, by formula, allocated over $850 per student for transportation expenses (by law) and has been (as all charters have been) required by law to return that portion of funds unused for contractual transportation obligations to the general fund and have been excused from accounting for those funds and/or using those funds for the specificity of allocation with the full and unadulterated permission of the Governor (in his proposed budget) and the Joint Finance Committee (chaired by Rep Melanie Smith and Sen. Harris Mcdowell) and permitted to keep those unused for transportation funds (in excess of $1 million for Newark Charter) as they choose. Do not try to construct a “straw-man” argument in defense of the indefensible and pretend that you speak from a position of authority or knowledge. The taxpayers are being”screwed” and there is no polite verbiage to describe that reality.
    If you wish to discuss this issue and others with an open-mind and an honest willingness to listen call me on my cell at 302 5347 9351.

    Representative John Kowalko

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    • John all I asked is what the plan is for transportation for this? Instead of a straightforward answer I got the blame game. What if odyssey or charter school or reach or any others? How will transportation work?

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    • And where do you stand on the Conrad mascot name? Should it be changed?

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    • Publius e decere

      Do State Representative get 11-digit phone numbers? There is no end to the privilege extracted from us taxpayers.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Hey Arthur! Welcome to the stupid club! There’s always room for one more.

      “So let me summarize for your uninformed benefit.” ” … pretend that you speak from a position of authority or knowledge.”

      Our JoKo Ono is a real class act. Of course, once our “real” village idiot comes home from inside the beltway, he’ll have to step back a click, but for now, he’s doing yeoman’s work in the category, and quite well.

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  7. john kowalko

    302 547 9351 Sorry, I await your call Jed. You could mask your voice but I already know you. Equally unimpressive in person and on blogs.

    Is there no end to the privilege your pet project and others like it extracts from the taxpayers to benefit a few at the cost to most?

    John Kowalko

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    • John – what is the transportation mechanism for students beyond the 5 mile limit?

      What are your thoughts on the Conrad mascot?

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    • Publius e decere

      “Thoughts”? Give him an easier target.

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    • Publius e decere

      Nice try(ies). We do have similar hair. Other than our hair, we have no alignment.

      If I thought that you would listen (as I would) and comport your half of our meeting with respect (as I would) and maintain person-to-person confidentiality (as I would) then we might have a basis to meet. Your outlandish ad hominem screaming vulgar posts and your lame outing attempts lead me to believe that you can not honor this civilized standard.

      Publius

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    • Oh really Publius? As one of the few that does know your actual identity, I find this very ironic given what happened last month at a certain location. This is your hypocrisy at its level best. Don’t make like you are some friendly guy who would engage in conversation with anyone in public, because we BOTH know that’s not the truth.

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … given what happened last month at a certain location … ”

      Angos and the voices that live in his head has gone past frightening.

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    • lastDEconservative

      And by “has,” of course, I mean “have.”

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    • last, as someone who went off the rails years ago, you are the last person to be judging others….

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    • lastDEconservative

      Judging is way above my pay grade, Angos; plus, there are more self anointed judges per unit of population on this panel than could possibly make room for me. Yes, that includes you. But, you often go further into the realm of creepy than Alice did into the rabbit hole. I intend not to miss an opportunity to call you on it.

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  8. Vicki Seifred

    Transportation beyond the 5 mile limit does not exist. Don’t even think about getting into NCS if you do not live within the radius.

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    • Publius e decere

      I’m pretty sure that the school provides transportation to all enrolled students. My guess is that, due to the massive application, the majority of students enrolled live within the 5-mile community-favorable circle. If a student lives outside of that circle I’m confident that the school will provide transportation.

      Why you would take such an uninformed and inflammatory position is a fair topic for discussion.

      Publius

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    • DOE provides maps for each charter with dots indicating where each enrolled child lives. Not sure of the link offhand, but these are on the DOE web. Last time I looked at the NCS map, there were no dots in Wilm. or surrounding it. There may have been one or two students living just outside the radius boundaries (which are drawn on the map)–can’t recall, as I was looking for the Wilm.-area enrollment numbers (zero). So at present, they have no need to transport kids beyond the radius, according to that map.

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    • Vicki Seifred

      The only “dots” outside of the 5 mile radius are probably children of staff. Full disclosure: I was a member of the “founding” administrative team of Newark Charter School.

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    • Eve
      Your whole comment is based on an assumption that the Christina district boundaries are rational. They are not. So the idea that somehow there is an injustice at NCS because it is community based instead of a judge ordered social experiment is particularly a thin idea.

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  9. john kowalko

    Arthur
    New Castle County charter schools get over $850 per student for transportation. Traditional schools average $less than $525 per child for transportation and that often has to be supplemented by local share money. Both are required by law to return transportation allocations that are unspent. Unfortunately traditional schools do not normally have excess money and have to supplement transportation costs with local share so there is nothing to return. Every charter school in the state (save two) have transportation expenses that are less than the per pupil allocation. Newark Charter is even more unique since it serves an area only 5 miles in radius (counting what overlaps in to Maryland where there are no students attending, (legally anyway). So with an ever burgeoning population at Newark Charter the state money allocated (by per pupil formula) has climbed well over $1million and Newark Charter has underspent by $250,000 to $350,000 each year and by law should have returned that unused transportation specified allocation back to the taxpayers/general fund. Instead the Governor has proposed in his last six or so budgets that epilogue language be written that contravenes State Law. The Joint Finance Committee has allowed this windfall to be kept by the charter schools despite testimony that I’ve given every year that this leaves millions of dollars in taxpayer money, to be had, with no accountability and no requirement for the specific use of a million dollar plus ($1.108,020 in FY 2014) that is kept by the charter schools. This is an irresponsible abuse of the public trust and leaves the taxpayer checkbook open on the kitchen table for anyone to empty it.
    Representative John Kowalko

    P.S. You sound like you are genuinely interested in the dialogue so do yourself a favor and seperate yourself from the denizens of idiocy that invade this blog.

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    • Publius e decere

      JK,

      There is an easy remedy to this perfidy which you decry. If you could take off your anti-NCS bias you would see it. Your ad hominem scorched earth approach is counterproductive. A reasonable consultant with content knowledge could offer you the most-likely-to-succeed path. Unless of course you were to cease your self-defeating rhetoric and discover it for yourself.

      Publius

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