Red Clay School board continues to slide in “Red Clay” charter school transparency

Here we go again! Another Red Clay chartered school failing to post board of directors meeting minutes. Its obvious Red Clay school board members coward in the corner as “their” chartered schools calls the shots as to which laws they’ll follow. How hard is it for the idiot in Red Clay responsible for overseeing “Red Clay’s” charter schools to visit the school’s websites?  And look very close! No posted board agendas!  

BOARD AGENDA & MTG MINUTES

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11 responses to “Red Clay School board continues to slide in “Red Clay” charter school transparency

  1. Kilroy, it’s not only the board meetings, it’s also all the monthly and quarterly committee meetings. That’s where all the action happens and plans are revealed, and parents have an opportunity for input – IF they are there.

    Red Clay has advanced a lot in transparency since the time a Red Clay official threatened to have Red Clay security keep parents away from a PARENT meeting if they had learned about the meeting from my blog. Now many formerly closed committees have notices posted online and some have parent and even student members.

    But lately Red Clay has been backsliding on transparency. It seems like three steps forward and two steps back. Many committee meetings are posted online, but with no agendas as required by law. Posting of minutes is spotty at best, which is not strictly required by FOIA, but Red Clay should be exceeding the minimum in this area. When minutes exist they should be posted online.

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  2. they got their money. in three years there will be another push of public info when they ask for more money. its all part of the cycle

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  3. Prior to the last referendum, Red Clay Board removed a financial report that was created when the state took over financial management of the district. The board at that time wanted the community to know how they were spending their money and what funds were used for each expense, the current board does not.

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  4. What is a charter school?

    A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance. The “charter” establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, students served, performance goals, and methods of assessment.

    What is the difference between charter schools and other public schools?

    Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon district schools. Charter schools are accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in their charters. They must demonstrate performance in the areas of academic achievement, financial management, and organizational stability. If a charter school does not meet performance goals, it may be closed.

    I am not the author of the ABOVE but it is pertinent in this regard: The “charter” IS the school’s contract. Failing the “charter” contract means it should be closed. By umbrella’ing the charters under a district, (you know, the same “district” that was not satisfactorily addressing parents/ children’s needs and birthed the charter idea) you are asking the fox to oversee the hen house. Further, you are asking the district which is burdened by the bureaucratic mandates of social justice, racial and socioeconomic balancing, and entrenched staff, to oversee a school which was created to have more flexibility and less bureaucratic red tape. Do you see where this is going? The “system” of education can’t deal with the problems it has with the tools at its disposal and you’re asking it to use its old tools to oversee that which is intended to overcome the standard hurdles. The old tools (both figuratively and literally) are being used to “oversee” the new tools. How very effective. Be honest, the educational system falls all over itself and then tries to explain away or reinvent itself every 5 years but the problems are the same. Charters were supposed to be an alternative solution to the repeating cycle.
    Mike and Kilroy, your pressing the point that Charters aren’t doing what TPS’s have to do and your justification for that is that the district is overseeing the charters. Charter’s weren’t supposed to be the same as a TPS. The whole point of a charter is to offer an alternative to rid itself of some of this status quo thinking. I am not saying all charters are successful or responsible but at least you can shut them down. Can you say the same about a district that repeatedly thumbs its nose at its residents or fails to improve, or mismanages itself? No you can’t and yet the “no” voters are considered bad people for not supporting the dysfunctional districts. It’s like watching bizzarro world.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “It’s like watching bizzarro world.”

      In an ironic twist, I must say, “okay, that’s not bad.”

      Well presented, M. Get your asbestos undies on now.

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  5. Publius e decere

    Very few people can distill things to their essence. M Ryder has the gift of doing so. Well done!

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  6. M. Ryder speaks clearly for those who think social justice and racial/socioeconomic balancing are bureaucratic red tape that public schools should not be bothered with. Well done!

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  7. omg Kevin, that’s a little over the top dontcha think? Although, I think it was you who basically said anyone who voted against the ref. in CSD was a big loser who must hate kids, so not sure why your comment surprised me.

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