What changes will be made once Christina’s Wilmington schools are handed over to Red Clay? I have some thoughts!

The stage is being set for Christina School District’s Wilmington schools to be handed over to Red Clay. The “law” will force this to happen. Once this happens Red Clay will be on the hot-seat to address de facto segregation and do some soul searching about their sins whereas they force middle and high school Wilmington students to ride buses to Red Clay suburban middle and high schools. Red Clay has systematically created a suburban schools system that leans towards serving white students. New Red Clay suburban schools are being built with district leaders claiming the Neighborhood Schools Act forces them to do so. However, no middle or high schools in Wilmington. Is there equity when in comes to building neighborhood schools? Was Red Clay counting on charter schools to cover their sins?

Red Clay will be forced to face it’s demons seeded in a long ago anti-desegregation movement.   Am I being too harsh or a nut-job with this analogy? But tell me, why aren’t there any Red Clay traditional middle or high schools in the city limits of Wilmington? Why was Red Cay allow to restructure Conrad  into a K-12 all Choice magnet school with a specific interest student enrollment process at the same time defacing their state board Neighborhood Schools plan which was required by law? Why wasn’t there DE DOE public hearings on Red Clay modifying it’s Neighborhood Schools Plan? Why is there still force busing outbound Wilmington?

So what do you see in your crystal ball re: changes and impact in Red Clay once they become the new caretakers of Christina’s Wilmington schools?

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10 responses to “What changes will be made once Christina’s Wilmington schools are handed over to Red Clay? I have some thoughts!

  1. Publius e decere

    “Am I being too harsh or a nut-job with this analogy?”. Is this a gift?
    To answer you: Yes and its-relative. 🙂 You’ll never out-nut King ONut.

    Publius

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  2. Publius e decere

    OK (no, not KO), seriously — if that is even possible here — ANYTHING Red Clay does is an improvement over Christina. No matter where the Wilmington formerly-Christina kids attend Red Clay schools, it will be a third of the Christina commute. A 30-minute gain in each direction. An hour a day. The World According To Garmin. A-Waze-ing. And being in Red Clay they will have new priority on choice into the in-demand Red Clay schools. A fringe benefit of joining the Red Clay Club.

    Now, if we run the numbers and are serious (as opposed to parochial) about solutions there are ways to make sure that we re-shuffle the public deck of cards and ensure that everyone comes out with what they want. I have little faith in districts abandoning their parochialism, but it “is” possible.

    The inevitable outcome of a transfer of Wilmington from Christina to Red Clay is that Christina will be a significantly smaller voice in Delaware public education and Red Clay will be a significantly larger voice.

    Publius

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  3. I agree, Conrad should be a neighborhood school. Maybe if they did a lottery with a radius preference 🙂

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  4. Will all high schools be grades 6-12?

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  5. pub, How will they have a shorter commute? aren’t McKean and Dickinson as far from the city as the CSD high schools? you do understand thats where RC’s city kids go? And in a totally ironic way the kids who live next door to those schools go to Conrad and WCS….

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  6. kilroysdelaware

    “No matter where the Wilmington formerly-Christina kids attend Red Clay schools, it will be a third of the Christina commute. A 30-minute gain in each direction. An hour a day.”

    Priceless !!!!!!!!!!!! Does this close the gap in equitable education for all.

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  7. Is it time for CSW to obtain there own building and move CAB to Dickinson or MHS?

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  8. RC has 23 regular schools, 17 have Title I Status, since the state provides transportation funding for all RC children selected to attend CAB and Conrad, schools that do not have Title I Status, should the state provide transportation funding for the 17 schools that have Title I status?

    Are children from other districts attending CAB and Conrad eligible to ride RC buses?

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  9. jack yes they are- they have to get to a RC stop but they do ride the buses.

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  10. Break–thank you

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