It appears likely that legislators will pass a law this session that would start the process of redistricting Wilmington schools.
That means Red Clay School District would take responsibility for the city schools and students served by the Christina and Colonial districts.
Going to be some big shifts in feeder-patterns! Word has it Conrad will only be a magnet program for grades 9-12. 6-8 will revert back to a traditional programs resetting the old middle school feeder pattern. Also, I am hearing Charter School of Wilmington will be ask to find another place as the “surplus” space they are leasing is needed! Wilmington does “need” a traditional high school!
Handing Christina’s priority schools over to Red Clay at the same time Red Clay slips in transparency of their charter schools and when Baby Hoffa slips-out Warner’s backdoor demonstrates lack of grit to do what’s right. Maybe it might be a good idea to add vouchers in school choice options or at least to Wilmington kids who have been under-served and forced to ride buses outbound to suburban middle and high schools!
The Committee was created by Gov. Jack Markell to find ways to improve Wilmington’s troubled inner-city schools. One of its primary recommendations was to reduce the number of districts serving city kids.
You can bet with Markell’s Rodel butt buddies in the mix it will be the same old same old for city kids. Markell is the worst governor on public education in the state’s history.
This legislative session has seen plenty of heated battles over education, but redistricting has had the support of both Markell’s administration and some of its fiercest education critics, like Red Clay Education Association union president Mike Matthews.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of opposition, and there probably shouldn’t be a lot of opposition, to be honest,” Matthews said.
Yea still union jobs! LOL :). Who knows with a mega school district you might have to step and been a union boss as full-time job :).
Matthews supports the broad idea of redistricting, but he is one of several school advocates – especially in Red Clay – who are anxious to see the details.
Shit! Red Clay union as did DSEA signed onto Race to The Top and help set the Common Core and Smarter Balanced movement. I’d be very cautious about what the unions say now.
Transferring the schools is not a simple prospect. Districts do not get as much property tax revenue from the city as they do from the suburbs, and students in urban schools often face challenges that require more resources.
Might have to cut back on some extracurricular ERP programs .
I am all for address the needs of city kids but what success has Red Clay had addressing high poverty at-risk students? Folks the answer is needs-based funding ensuring smaller class sized and more intervention specialist. Moving the chairs around on the deck of the Titanic isn’t serving children of delivering the promise!