Is Charter School of Wilmington’s lease with Red Clay in jeopardy ?? Could be!

As Red Clay and Christina’s School Boards spin their wheels in the mud re: merger of Wilmington’s Christina schools into Red Clay. We are forgetting the big picture. We’re not talking just Christina schools, we’re talking all K-12 Red Clay and Christina students living in the city of Wilmington. We’re talking 800 high school age students Red Clay would have to absorb! It won’t happen overnight. Christina students still in “Christina” high schools can elect to stay. However, 8th grade students heading to high school “will” be assigned a Red Clay high school. Yes, those student can Choice into Christina. But forget about transportation. More poor parents without reliable transportation will be locked out of choice. And do make note, the rule will apply to siblings!

Red Clay does not have the space to absorbs 800 high school student and any notion to disperse 800 students into McKean, Dickinson and A.I. high schools causing Wilmington students to be “bused” might provoke concerns question Red Clay’s DE DOE Neighborhood Schools Plan. And for sure the will be the need for legal review of Red Clay’s Neighborhood School Plan.

In comes Charter School of Wilmington! Per the laws governing Delaware public schools under charter schools, traditional schools district “must” lease unused space to charter schools.  Currently CSW is leasing unused space at “Red Clay’s Wilmington Campus aka the old Wilmington High School. If the merger goes through that space will be “needed” to avoid excess busing of Red Clay’s new high school students obtained via the merger with Christina. Technically the space would no be surplus as it “will” be needed.

There is another dilemma many aren’t seeing! With added Christina’s “Wilmington” K-12 students Red Clay in-district choice school student pool will be bigger. Its my opinion Red Clay will be forced to hold more students to their Red Clay feeder-pattern to make room for the influx of Wilmington middle and high school students. And also, even new acquired elementary students may want to take advantage of school choice to get out Wilmington school setting. Tempers WILL flare!   

foresee federal court intervention based on concerns of civil rights infringements. Surely there will be a community push to keep minorities in their city school settings and when the Red Clay school choice process gets strangled, guess who is going to yell foul? Suburban parents! 

I hope the powers to be at CSW are watching Red Clay and Christina navigate through this social crisis. The “surplus” space the current CSW leases will no longer be “surplus”.    

Folks call me all the names you want even nut job! But remember who warned you about Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balance Assessment. I know the Red Clay community and I am telling you, the ugly will come out!   The there is Red Clay’s lack of capacity to serve Christina’s most neediest student when Red ClaY struggles to serve their own. 

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20 responses to “Is Charter School of Wilmington’s lease with Red Clay in jeopardy ?? Could be!

  1. The part that I struggle with is why would anyone want to give 3 priority schools to a district that already has their own 3 priority schools and has not managed to turn them around. 😦

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    • lastDEconservative

      Forget turning them around. The much better question is why do they need turning around in the first place? Then comes where’s the logic in asking (asking, nicely, with more money) the founders of the failure to remedy their creation? There are several more steps to define-the-problem-in-order-to-solve it before one gets to turning them around.

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  2. Have you read the lease in detail? Or is this just turning into the Drudge Report? Under what conditions do you think CSW can be booted?

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    • kilroysdelaware

      § 504A Powers.
      (6) Contract with any school district, or any other public school or private nonsectarian, nonreligious entity also empowered to enter into contracts, for any and all real property, equipment, goods, supplies and services; provided, that a school district must make unused buildings or space (defined as space no longer needed, permanently or temporarily, for non-charter school purposes) buildings or space in buildings available to a charter school

      Once the Christina and Red Clay merger happens the space CSW occupies that was Red Clay surplus will now be needed to provide Wilmington students a Neighborhood high school. Red Clay currently buses their high school students living in Wilmington to suburban schools. with the added 800 high school students Red Clay must provide equity in the way of proving neighborhood high school. The LAW super seeds the lease! It will happen and CSW better wake up!

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  3. Linda it doesn’t matter who “owns ” the schools… No one can do anything with these kids

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    • kilroysdelaware

      I think you are correct! Once a white kid is programmed and wired by their parents to be a racist there is little society can do !

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    • I call B$%%$#$T kilroy. You think urban kids aren’t programmed?. You think what happened in Baltimore and Ferguson isn’t the result of dysfunctional racecard throwdown programming? Come on. Suburbanites and whites aren’t the cause of the violence that suburbanites (black and white) want no part of.

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    • Good lord Break… It’s that kind of thinking that makes education worse in Delaware. Yes, let’s give up on the generation that will be taking care of us when we are older. We need to be getting rid of the high-stakes testing environment that is labeling our schools as failures, and get back to actual progress our children are making. What are their actual grades? Can they read at grade level? Are they receiving proper education? If there are behavior issues, have they been evaluated for an IEP? If they have an IEP, is behavior being treated as behavior or a manifestation of their disability and what has the school or district done to educate the class and staff to deal with this? These are just classic examples of what has been thrown to the side in the name of proficiency and success. Until we get rid of the TRUE problems, nothing will change except more testing, labeling, shaming and punishing. And the neediest of students will be caught in the cross-fire.

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    • You think what happened in Baltimore and Ferguson isn’t the result of dysfunctional racecard throwdown programming?

      If you are talking about the police murder of unarmed black men, then yes I do agree that is the result of generations of racecard programming.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Newbie Linda Calder, if indeed that is your real name, meet one of the denizen contingent from the sick pup subgroup, above, Mike O. Ta-da.

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    • Mike,
      “police ‘murder’ of unarmed black men,” ???
      Your allegiance to intellectual dishonesty and liberal bias is very informative. You want to embrace anti-social behavior and criminality, while blaming those tasked with upholding laws. Why do you expect everyone else to pay to remedy it?

      The individuals in the recent events(Ferguson & Baltimore), were engaged in anti-social and criminal behavior and you attack the police as murderers??? Nice. I’ll be sure to inform our local law enforcement staff to allow this sort of behavior in your neighborhood since it is no big deal to you.

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  4. One less charter IS a good thing.

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    • Yes because our TPS @ less than 50% PASS rate of any test are doing such a bang up job. Go get all those 1%ers to pay for all the counselors and laundry staff. Will that push the pass rate past 50%? I think not.

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    • M Ryder: you forgot to mention that he Public School rate of proficiency is far better then the charter rate of proficiency when students are broken down into subgroups… Charter schools suck and under perform public schools in every single category.

      The issue is not that Public Schools are doing such a bang up job. The issue is that charter schools are performing worse than the worst public schools…

      So, one less charter.. IS always a good thing.

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    • Kavips
      “Charter schools suck and under perform public schools in every single category.”

      I don’t know what test results or categories you’re looking at but the results I see for my kids’ charter school and several others aren’t “sucky”.

      “The issue is that charter schools are performing worse than the worst public schools…”

      Not from the scores the newspaper showed (or interestingly, “forgot” to show but were sent to the parents).

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    • M Ryder? Do you know if your child got everything out of your charter that he could have gotten out of say Newark High School or one of its Public schools?

      Let’s explain… If you have 10 exceptionally smart children in a class and 2 normal ones and the scores come back like this… A A A A A A A A A A C C, using a 4 point scoring system, your average score is 3.6…..

      If you have 10 exceptionally smart children and NO normal ones, you have using the same system, a 4.0 average…

      What you are saying is that the students in the second school are being taught more effectively because of their higher rating… All we are saying is ok, prove it… and you can’t…. because it is not true… The only reason the scores for the second school are higher is because they kick out those who’d otherwise bring them down…

      So the real question is this: Do those 10 students in school B… get instruction levels as good or better than those in School A? And you look at the actual scores comparing the top groups of these two schools.. The Public schools’ top echelon score is higher than the charter school’s top echelon… Which mean they are getting better teaching.. They certainly have more resources at their disposal, since most of the money is not gleaned off the top by charter investors and rent to real estate companies leasing out their building… Charter School suck and trying to defend them over public schools by whispering….”we don’t like to accept black people… we don’t accept the non-wealthy, we don’t accept those who learn in languages other than English…

      Simply put, M. Ryder. You stepped in the trap those pushing standardized test scores set for you… You looked at a score and made a snap decision not based on reality but on controlling the setting by determining prematurely who and who wouldn’t get in…

      Charter Schools have got to go…

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    • lastDEconservative

      Newbie Linda Calder, if indeed that is your real name, meet ANOTHER one of the Kilroy denizen contingent from the sick pup subgroup, above, the one and only (dear God, please), lower case kavips (prolly not his/her real name). Ta-da.

      Note to M. The quality of your commentary continues to grow and is appreciated by this wanna-be influencer and educator of the undiscerning. Not bad for an elitist, racist, selfish so and so.

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    • Kavips,
      “The Public schools’ top echelon score is higher than the charter school’s top echelon”
      Sorry, but that is one tall order over generalization that I’d have to see to believe. I doubt you can show that is consistent across the board with charters vs TPS. That’s not to say some charters don’t perform badly or that some TPS’s don’t perform well. In NCC, particularly CSD, there are fewer and fewer TPS schools able to overcome the overzealous “self esteem before academic performance” crowd. The homogeneous mixing of kids with disparate abilities has watered down the “can do” kids to the level of the “can’t do” kids. Especially the k-6 levels.

      “Do you know if your child got everything out of your charter that he could have gotten out of say Newark High School or one of its Public schools?”
      As a matter of fact, I do because the kids have been in both. It is not even close. They are worlds apart. What they got in charter was almost a year ahead of TPS coursework throughout K-6.

      I place very little stock in the SBAC tests by the way but as a very basic barometer, the “overall” performance of the school cannot be dismissed out of hand. There were schools where only 12% passed, how is that possible other than you have an entire population of students who are incapable of grade level work. How are they in the grade they’re in, if, as a school, only 12% can pass? Social promotion? Guess what the normal and high achieving kids get for education in that school? Not grade level education. Test or no test.

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    • Thank you for outlining NWS was one year ahead of the public schools.. I’m looking into that.

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  5. Just WHO is pushing this “already done deal” ? The East Side annexation to suburban Western Wilmington needs to be reconsidered before its December deadline. Why?

    Red Clay already has 3744 City students with 2481 more coming, potentially, from the Christina District. Red Clay is stressed past the point of providing a fair education to even its best students and possibly failing its least. Brandywine, with only 1989 City students, is currently providing an outstanding education to all and is more contiguous to Wilmington’s East Side. The East Side could be annexed to the Brandywine District for better apportionment. An added benefit is the return of PS duPont as a City High School, inappropriately used at this time as a Junior High School in Brandywine School District.

    WHO is targeting RC and why? IT is already failing!

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