This story WILL be updated, but Delaware Met is not closing for now as per Matthew Albright with the News Journal who tweeted the following 45 minutes ago:
If I were a parent of a MET student I’d get my kid out of there ASAP. Sure all new charter schools start off on shaky ground. However this one is laced with serious concerns.
Harrington, the board’s vice chair. “Our primary responsibility is making sure we’re doing what’s in the best interest of kids.”
Harrington said the board will consider two issues in deciding whether to stay open.
First, its members will determine whether the school is financially viable given a loss of students. The school originally had about 260 enrolled, but is down to 227.
Lower-than-expected enrollment is a financial problem for charters because they get funding from the state per student. State rules require schools to be within 80 percent of their enrollment targets; Delaware Met currently meets that requirement.
Second, the board will decide whether the school can get a handle on problems with school climate. Harrington said there have been fights and incidents in which students have been disrespectful towards school staff.
He we go again re: lower state funding! WTF !! These charter school organizations know what they are $$$$ getting into. Yet they cry the blues!
“Problems with school climate” isn’t talking about heating and air conditioning! We’re talking safety of children as in discipline issues! Fights and disrespect towards staff! Shit ! The school just opened!
Like I said, if I were a parents of a MET student I’d get my kid out of there ASAP.
To my good friend Kevin over at Exceptional Delaware thanks for raising the red flag on this issue. So MET isn’t closing for now! However, you lit the flood lights on this school and we’re all watching! As far as DE DOE, you can bet they’ll stay in the shadows and not confront these issue. Yep! With Valley Girl Penny and South Street Jenny standing guard failure is at hand. So much for the rigorous charter approval process.
Don’t forget what I’ve been saying about the school voucher agenda. Traditional public schools had to fail to justify charter schools and charter schools have to fail to justify school vouchers.